Understanding Catastrophe


Edited by Janine Bourriau

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, pp. 213.
ISBN: 0521-41324-9 hardback.

Available from CUP online. Discounted copies, available to Darwin College members only, may be ordered from the Master's Secretary.

This volume contains revised versions of the lectures given in 1990 in the fifth annual series of Darwin College Lectures.

It has been translated into Italian as Le Catastrofi, published by Edizione Dedalo, Bari.

Introduction: Understanding catastrophe
Geoffrey Lloyd
Professor of Ancient Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge;
Master of Darwin College
1 Supernovae and stellar catastrophe
Robert P. Kirshner
Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
2 The extinction of the dinosaurs
Walter Alvarez and Frank Asaro
Professor of Geology, University of California, Berkeley;
Director, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
3 Darwin and catastrophism
Martin Rudwick
Professor of History, University of California, San Diego
4 Evolution and catastrophe theory
Christopher Zeeman
Gresham Professor of Geometry, University of Oxford
5 Earthquakes
Claudia Vita-Finzi
Reader, Department of Geological Sciences, University College London
6 Storms and cyclones
Nicholas Cook
Director, Geotechnics and Structures Group, Buildings Research Establishment
7 Famine in history
Peter Garnsey
Reader in Ancient History, University of Cambridge
8 The case of consumption
Roy Porter
Senior Lecturer, Wellcome Institute for History of Medicine, London
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