X-Events by John L. Casti

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Even a commonsense view of modern life indicates X-Events isn't far-fetched speculation. 
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“I am an assiduous reader of John Casti’s books. He is a real scientific intellectual.”
 —Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author of Fooled by Randomness

“Casti is at his best in presenting difficult philosophical ideas enthusiastically and lucidly, and in presenting everyday examples to illustrate them.”
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In his highly provocative and grippingly readable book, X-Events, author John Casti brilliantly argues that today’s advanced, overly complex societies have grown highly vulnerable to extreme events that will ultimately topple civilization like a house of cards. Like Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan meets Jared Diamond’s Collapse, Casti’s book provides a much-needed wake-up call—sounding a fascinating and frightening warning about civilized society’s inability to recover from a global catastrophe— demonstrating how humankind could be blasted back into the Stone Age by a meteor strike, nuclear apocalypse, worldwide contagion, or any number of unforeseeable X-Events.


About John L. Casti

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One of the pioneers of complexity science and systems theory, John L. Casti, Ph.D., is Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, where he heads an initiative on Extreme Events in Human Society. He worked for many years at the Sante Fe Institute and The RAND Corporation, as well as serving on the faculties of Princeton, the University of Arizona, and New York University. A former editor of the journal Complexity, Casti has published nearly 20 volumes of academic and popular science and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Southern California. He lives in Vienna, Austria.
Published June 12, 2012 by William Morrow. 341 pages
Genres: Other, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tim Gebhart on Jun 10 2012

Even a commonsense view of modern life indicates X-Events isn't far-fetched speculation. 

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Reviewed by Desmond Latham on Oct 30 2012

While Casti has a good go at being the mathematical bogeyman, this book is somewhat unsatisfying.

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Reviewed by Steven Rosen on Jun 01 2012

The sun will probably burn out before any of these events actually happens, but if you want to read what it might be like if every computer in the world stopped working, then pick up X-Events.

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