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Normal Accidents : Living with High Risk Technologies.

Author: Charles Perrow
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011.
Series: Princeton paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Normal Accidents analyzes the social side of technological risk. Charles Perrow argues that the conventional engineering approach to ensuring safety--building in more warnings and safeguards--fails because systems complexity makes failures inevitable. He asserts that typical precautions, by adding to complexity, may help create new categories of accidents. (At Chernobyl, tests of a new safety system helped produce  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Perrow, Charles.
Normal Accidents : Living with High Risk Technologies.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Perrow
ISBN: 9781400828494 140082849X
OCLC Number: 843204302
Description: 1 online resource (779 pages).
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Abnormal Blessings; Introduction; 1. Normal Accident at Three Mile Island; 2. Nuclear Power as a High-Risk System: Why We Have Not Had More TMIs-But Will Soon; 3. Complexity, Coupling, and Catastrophe; 4. Petrochemical Plants; 5. Aircraft and Airways; 6. Marine Accidents; 7. Earthbound Systems: Dams, Quakes, Mines, and Lakes; 8. Exotics: Space, Weapons, and DNA; 9. Living with High-Risk Systems; Afterword; Postscript: The Y2K Problem; List of Acronyms; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Princeton paperbacks.

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Normal Accidents analyzes the social side of technological risk. Charles Perrow argues that the conventional engineering approach to ensuring safety--building in more warnings and safeguards--fails because systems complexity makes failures inevitable. He asserts that typical precautions, by adding to complexity, may help create new categories of accidents. (At Chernobyl, tests of a new safety system helped produce the meltdown and subsequent fire.) By recognizing two dimensions of risk--complex versus linear interactions, and tight versus loose coupling--this book provides a powerful.

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