Apocalypse When?: Calculating How Long the Human Race Will Survive (Springer Praxis Books) 2009th Edition
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- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0387098364
- ISBN-13 : 978-0387098364
- Product Dimensions : 6.1 x 0.55 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Praxis; 2009th Edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is like the behavior of people in a company that is failing and nearing its end. I've seen this a few times where many hold on to the notion that it will turn around, and they ride it all the way into the ground.
There is in the book a few hints of what could save us, but each is given little chance of succeeding. The optimist in me will fight for one of these. The scientist in me will continue to seek a flaw in Well's reasoning. The denial in me will try to push it out of my mind.
This book is a journey of logic through the creative mind of Dr. Wells. His look at how much time we have on this planet is reasoned through the examination of other systems which have the desire to survive, such as theater productions and business enterprises. He also presents a number of scenarios of how we might extend or reduce the time of our occupancy. As a non-mathematician, I found the book clearly logical and readable. I'm sure a more math oriented reader would find the scientific reasoning to be well supported as Dr. Wells is very thorough in his presentation.
I found the book to be enjoyable and at times, worth a good chuckle or a laugh. His humor is fresh and his thoughts of what can ultimately eradicate or severely diminish our species are original and serious with the addition of some I had never considered: killer phytoplankton, for example.
Dr. Wells is a noted physicist and creator of "The Wells Principle" which he developed to stabilize satellites in orbit in the earlier days of our space program.
Whether or not you are a mathematician, the way to read this book is as follows: read the Introduction, pages 1-9, and then read Chapter 5, pages 93 - 133. Together, these pages give an excellent introduction to how and why an apocalypse may occur. No mathematics is required. Next, read Chapter 4 and study the graphs. Finally, go through Chapters 2 and 3 and check the mathematical derivations.
At some point in reading this material, I suggest you take a break and watch the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Give sympathetic thought to the plight of the residents of Barterville because this will be the situation for the isolated pockets of humanity left over from an apocalypse that results in the collapse of human civilization (probability of 50% in the next 100 years, Figure 27, page 89 of "Apocalypse When?"). Ironically, Well's shows that such a collapse of civilization is the most sure way to prevent total destruction of our species. All who are interested in the survival of themselves, their children and their grandchildren should support the creation of self sufficient, independent communities and be wary of global economic and technological dependence. If you want to convince others to join you in this project, read this excellent book.