"With his trademark gift for illustrating key concepts with colorful anecdotes, Dr. Woo has crafted a survey of catastrophe science that is both informative and a pleasure to read." --Prof George Zanjani, AAMGA Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance, Georgia State University
"It is absolutely excellent and I am thoroughly enjoying it ... I am recommending it to everyone I see." --Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science, UK
"The book is very accessible it can be read as light reading, focusing on the examples or as a deeper introduction to the issues, the mathemtics of the phenomena, and the methodologies which exist for coping with them. It is certainly a book which kept me gripped to the end"
"It is absolutely crucial for our students" --Prof Christine Wamsler, Lund University, Sweden
"Woo has a specialist audience in mind, but running through Calculating Catastrophe is a lesson for novice and initiate alike. This concerns how and why modern societies have such difficulty dealing with the biggest questions they face, from climate change and terrorism to financial crisis. The author whose business card for the modelling company RMS reads: 'Dr Gordon Woo, Catastrophist' underlines time and again the uncertainty that always remains in managing risk."-- Financial Times
"Your excellent book will be a standard reference text in the coming years." --"Prof Rohan Gunaratna , Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore "
"A fascinating survey of catastrophe science that covers a wide range of natural and man-made risks, in an attempt to provide broader knowledge and deeper understanding about the different risks involved. The author is defined to be 'a catastrophist with Risk Management Solutions', and this volume is an updated version of his earlier book The Mathematics of Natural Catastrophes. The book is full of challenging material that would benefit from being analysed in greater detail within strategic, and/or futures, tools and techniques in order to make its contents more managerially accessible."-- Long Range Planning (LRP)
"... this is a book for a broad audience about facts and principles. The erudition and literacy of the author are amazing and an intellectual pleasure to read." --The European Mathematical Society