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Detailed review of:


Risks in Technological Systems


Publishers

:

Springer- Verlag, London

Editors

: 

G. Grimvall, Å. Holmgren, P. Jacobsson and T. Thedéen

Title

: 

Risks in Technological Systems

Year of Publication

: 

2010

Pages

: 

341

ISBN

: 

9781848826403

Reviewer

: 

Krishna B. Misra

Status

:

Review published in IJPE, Vol. 6, No. 2, March 2010, p. 180.


The book consists of 19 chapters as follows:

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Chapter 1

Introduction: the Global Risk Arena, Technological Systems and This Book

  06 Pages

Chapter 2

Reflections on Risks and Technology 

  11 Pages

Chapter 3

Risks in the Past and Present

  14 Pages

Chapter 4

The Dangerous Steam Engine

  11 Pages

Chapter 5

Risks and Safety in Building Structures           

  22 Pages

Chapter 6

Risks in Conversion of Energy                          

  16 Pages

Chapter 7

Chemical and Physical Health Risks-Chemicals, Radiation, and Noise

  28 Pages

Chapter 8

Safety Factors and Exposure Limits

  10 Pages

Chapter 9

How dangerous is it to travel?

  20 Pages

Chapter 10

IT- Risks and Security

  18 Pages

Chapter 11

Vulnerability of Infrastructures

  13 Pages

Chapter 12

Risk Management 

  24 Pages

Chapter 13

Risk Analysis

  26 Pages

Chapter 14

Fire and Explosion

  19 Pages 

Chapter 15

The Human Factor?          

  10 Pages

Chapter 16

The Perception of Risks of Technology                          

  19 Pages

Chapter 17

The Value of a Life

  17 Pages

Chapter 18

Tacit Knowledge and Risks

  12 Pages

Chapter 19

How to worry in Moderation

  14 Pages

Appendix A: Some Basic Concepts of Statistics

  09 Pages

Appendix B: Study Help

  04 Pages

Appendix C: Editors and Contributors

  03 Pages

Index

  05 Pages

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9781848826403It is true that no technology is free from risk associated with it. It is a basically a question of what the human society can tolerate and what it cannot? It is left to choose between the technologies and their alternatives based on the acceptable level of risk. This is a very good introductory book on technological risks. It develops historically how the concept of risk developed over time and how one can deal with it analytically and manage it.  The authors of various chapters have been working in their respective area of expertise. The book covers a very wide area of engineering applications and is quite informative and practically covers all aspects of risk in technological systems (excluding financial risk) but the book is not intended for researchers or analysts who may be looking for new developments in the area.  Dwelling on the historical developments the books takes a reader on a journey through the developments in transportation and automobile systems starting with steam engine and turbines to air, rail, road and shipping. Risks associated with conversion of energy be it thermal, hydro, gas or even nuclear have been introduced. Risks associated with buildings and man-made structures including risks from fire and explosions find coverage in this book. Limits to exposures to chemical and radiation dozes and noise along with other health hazards to human beings have been discussed. Even the security risks due to developments in information technology find coverage in this informatory book.  The reviewer feels that the book can serve as good source of information on all kinds of technological risks and as such should appeal to a beginner or a student of engineering who likes to have a panoramic view of risks associated with various technological developments of our time. Obviously such a large compendium of number of topics would lack the depth of treatment of the subject. A chapter on value of life is quite appropriate but should have been the starting point of any discussion on technological risks.

 

Krishna B. Misra

 

Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering in Vol. 6 , No. 2, March , 2010, p. 180.

 


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Chapter 1

Introduction: the Global Risk Arena, Technological Systems and This Book

  06 Pages

Chapter 2

Reflections on Risks and Technology 

  11 Pages

Chapter 3

Risks in the Past and Present

  14 Pages

Chapter 4

The Dangerous Steam Engine

  11 Pages                                          

Chapter 5

Risks and Safety in Building Structures           

  22 Pages

Chapter 6

Risks in Conversion of Energy                          

  16 Pages

Chapter 7

Chemical and Physical Health Risks-Chemicals, Radiation, and Noise

  28 Pages

Chapter 8

Safety Factors and Exposure Limits

  10 Pages

Chapter 9

How dangerous is it to travel?

  20 Pages

Chapter 10

IT- Risks and Security

  18 Pages

Chapter 11

Vulnerability of Infrastructures

  13 Pages

Chapter 12

Risk Management 

  24 Pages

Chapter 13

Risk Analysis

  26 Pages

Chapter 14

Fire and Explosion

  19 Pages                                          

Chapter 15

The Human Factor?          

  10 Pages

Chapter 16

The Perception of Risks of Technology                          

  19 Pages

Chapter 17

The Value of a Life

  17 Pages

Chapter 18

Tacit Knowledge and Risks

  12 Pages

Chapter 19

How to worry in Moderation

  14 Pages

Appendix A: Some Basic Concepts of Statistics

  09 Pages

Appendix B: Study Help

  04 Pages

Appendix C: Editors and Contributors

  03 Pages

Index

  05 Pages

 
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