Calculating Catastrophe

51wnxtsxltlSingapore - “News headlines have been dominated over the past few years by an alarming sequence of natural and man-made disasters, but apart from calling them Black Swans there has been little done to connect them in a coherent way,” said Dr Gordon Woo, author of one of World Scientific’s latest titles entitled Calculating Catastrophe.

Drawing upon the author’s knowledge of catastrophes, from earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions to terrorism, nuclear and offshore oil drilling accidents, the book outlines the underlying philosophical ideas and scientific principles that govern these events.

Commending Dr Woo’s work, Prof George Zanjani, AAMGA Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance from Georgia State University said, “With his trademark gift for illustrating key concepts with colourful anecdotes, Dr Woo has crafted a survey of catastrophe science that is both informative and a pleasure to read.”

Dr Woo, who is also a catastrophist at Risk Management Solutions, said, “Insights from this book will benefit readers in their understanding and management of catastrophes.”

Written with the general public in mind, this book will also appeal to applied mathematicians, earth and atmospheric scientists, civil engineers, geographers and economists alike. It is available at all major bookstores and retails at US$79 for the hardcover and US$29 for the paperback. More information about the book can be found here.

About the author

Dr. Gordon Woo was trained in mathematical physics at Cambridge, MIT and Harvard, and has made his career as a calculator of catastrophes. His diverse experience includes consulting for IAEA on the seismic safety of nuclear plants and for BP on offshore oil well drilling. As a catastrophist at Risk Management Solutions, he has advanced the insurance modelling of catastrophes, including designing a model for terrorism risk.

About World Scientific Publishing Co.
As the largest privately-held Singapore publisher and a leading independent publisher of books and journals for the scholarly, research and professional communities, World Scientific collaborates with prestigious organisations like the Nobel Foundation, US National Academies Press and its subsidiary, Imperial College Press, to bring high quality academic and professional content to researchers and academics worldwide. The company publishes about 500 books annually and more than 120 journals in various fields. To find out more about World Scientific, please visit

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