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Bak's Sand Pile: Strategies for a Catastrophic World Paperback – February 28, 2011
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If you have an interest in self-organized criticality and in understanding SOC at some significant depth, if you have an interest in the many events that affect our collective experience (and existence) as a species, the occurrence of which cannot be described by normal distributions but exhibit skewed, long-tailed distributions, and if you appreciate accessible, insightful scholarship, then this book is for you.
Another area where the book led to a greater understanding is that disasters aren't necessarily isolated events. There can be a devastating subsidiary disaster during a period of time afterwards due to the intricate linkages and dependencies of our complex world. Think mortgage meltdown & global financial crisis, which is still reverberating over 4 years later. Think tsunami & Fukushima meltdown.
I highly recommend this book. It is highly accessible to generalists, and even more meaningful to someone with a foundational mathematical background.
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Lewis does a fantastic job in this volume of explaining the concept of self-organizing criticalities and why systems seem to drive themselves into disastrous situations. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Justin Schumacher