Currently Reading: Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen by Mark Buchanan

First, I had to look up what ubiquity meant. I am extremely interested in what causes catastrophes and the aftermath and that is what brought this book to my attention. But back to the definition of ubiquity:

Ubiquity-the state or capacity of being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresence

Ubiquity by Mark Buchanan was written in the early 2000’s and I have only read around thirty pages of it, but it is great popular science writing thus far as he tells the stories of the Kobe, Japan earthquake of 1995, the forest fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 and the stock market crash of 1987 as well as the beginning of World War I in these first thirty pages.

This book is very similar to Per Bak’s How Nature Works, as it discusses self-organized criticality and how it leads to these catastrophic events.

I will report more on this down the road as I am also still reading Out Of Control by Kevin Kelly.

Here is a science book review of the book for your viewing:

I have also included a video with Per Bak about self-organized criticality:


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