Risks in Technological Systems

  • Göran Grimvall
  • Åke J. Holmgren
  • Per Jacobsson
  • Torbjörn Thedéen

Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Per Jacobsson, Göran Grimvall, Åke J. Holmgren, Torbjörn Thedéen
    Pages 1-6
  3. Lennart Sjöberg, Torbjörn Thedéen
    Pages 7-17
  4. Birgitta Odén
    Pages 19-34
  5. Jan Hult
    Pages 35-45
  6. Håkan Sundquist
    Pages 47-68
  7. Monica Gullberg, Torbjörn Thedéen
    Pages 69-84
  8. Sven Ove Hansson
    Pages 113-122
  9. Torbjörn Thedéen, Evert Andersson, Lena Mårtensson, Olle Rutgersson
    Pages 123-142
  10. Viiveke Fåk
    Pages 143-160
  11. Torbjörn Thedéen
    Pages 161-173
  12. Terje Aven
    Pages 175-198
  13. Åke J. Holmgren, Torbjörn Thedéen
    Pages 199-224
  14. Håkan Frantzich, Göran Holmstedt
    Pages 225-243
  15. Mats Ericson, Lena Mårtensson
    Pages 245-254
  16. Britt-Marie Drottz-Sjöberg, Lennart Sjöberg
    Pages 255-273
  17. Bengt Mattsson
    Pages 275-291
  18. Bo Göranzon
    Pages 293-304
  19. Inge Jonsson
    Pages 305-318
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 319-341

About this book


Risks in Technological Systems is an interdisciplinary university textbook and a book for the educated reader on the risks of today’s society. In order to understand and analyse risks associated with the engineering systems on which modern society relies, other concerns have to be addressed, besides technical aspects. In contrast to many academic textbooks dealing with technological risks, this book has a unique interdisciplinary character that presents technological risks in their own context.

Twenty-four scientists have come together to present their views on risks in technological systems. Their scientific disciplines cover not only engineering, economics and medicine, but also history, psychology, literature and philosophy. Taken together these contributions provide a broad, but accurate, interdisciplinary introduction to a field of increasing global interest, as well as rich opportunities to achieve in-depth knowledge of the subject. The book is important reading for those who have to consider risks in their professional career, as well as for everyone who wants to develop a well-informed opinion of what is reasonable to believe when reading media reports on various risks.

In addition to being a university textbook, Risks in Technological Systems is an engaging read for policy makers, politicians, psychologists, and planners, as well as the general reader.

Springer Series in Reliability Engineering publishes high-quality books in important areas of current theoretical research and development in reliability, and in areas that bridge the gap between theory and application in areas of interest to practitioners in industry, laboratories, business, and government.


Philosophy of Risk Reliability Risk Risk Analysis Risk Management Risk Perception Technology Systems reliability engineering safety

Editors and affiliations

  • Göran Grimvall
    • 1
  • Åke J. Holmgren
    • 2
  • Per Jacobsson
    • 3
  • Torbjörn Thedéen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Albanova Science CenterKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)KarlstadSweden
  3. 3.KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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