The Collapse of EverythingBook - 2012
Revealing how our world has become vulnerable to a sudden, spectacular collapse due to our reliance on technology, this timely resource provides a chilling tour of the catastrophic outlier scenario that could send us crashing back to the pre-industrial age. 50,000 first printing
“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.”
—New York Times Book Review
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.
Revealing how society has become vulnerable to a sudden, spectacular collapse due to the reliance on technology, a timely resource provides a tour of the catastrophic outlier scenario that could send civilization crashing back to the pre-industrial age.