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A good primer
on 2 October 2011
Fischhoff is a leading light in the field and takes a Decision Theory approach to the topic. I found little padding and a lot of ground was covered to a good level of detail given the spatial constraints. The references are a good guide on to leading authors and research.
This is a physically small book that runs to only 150 pages, so some explanations are a little terse and the content can be a little dense. However, any general reader with an interest in risk will get a lot of value from it; and anyone at an early stage of developing an interest in risk as a topic will find it useful.
The content is split into seven roughly equal size chapters covering risk decisions, making risk decisions, definitions, risk analysis, risk perception, risk communication and risk culture in society. Kadvany manages to keep Fischhoff from descending into academic-speak, so the text is mostly accessible even if the discussions are rigorous.
Overall a good, short book that has encouraged me to look at some other titles in the Oxford University Press "A Very Short Introduction" series.