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Global Catastrophic Risks Hardcover – 3 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 578 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198570503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198570509
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.5 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,215,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This volume is remarkably entertaining and readable...It's risk assessment meets science fiction. (Natural Hazards Observer)

The book works well, providing a mine of peer-reviewed information on the great risks that threaten our own and future generations. (Nature)

We should welcome this fascinating and provocative book. (Martin J Rees (from foreword))

[Provides] a mine of peer-reviewed information on the great risks that threaten our own and future generations. (Nature)


A global catastrophic risk is one with the potential to wreak death and destruction on a global scale. In human history, wars and plagues have done so on more than one occasion, and misguided ideologies and totalitarian regimes have darkened an entire era or a region. Advances in technology are adding dangers of a new kind. It could happen again. In Global Catastrophic Risks 25 leading experts look at the gravest risks facing humanity in the 21st century, including natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, global warming, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, general artificial intelligence, and social collapse. The book also addresses over-arching issues - policy responses and methods for predicting and managing catastrophes. This is invaluable reading for anyone interested in the big issues of our time; for students focusing on science, society, technology, and public policy; and for academics, policy-makers, and professionals working in these acutely important fields.

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