The Science of Disasters

Climate Disruptions, Heart Attacks, and Market Crashes

  • Armin Bunde
  • Jürgen Kropp
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Werner Ebeling, Lutz Molgedey, Jürgen Kurths, Udo Schwarz
      Pages 2-25
    3. Alain Arneodo, Benjamin Audit, Nicolas Decoster, Jean-Francois Muzy, Cedric Vaillant
      Pages 26-102
  3. Climate Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Klaus Fraedrich, Christian-D. Schönwiese
      Pages 104-139
    3. Klaus Hasselmann
      Pages 140-169
    4. Armin Bunde, Shlomo Havlin, Eva Koscielny-Bunde, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
      Pages 170-191
  4. Biodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Plamen Ch. Ivanov, Ary L. Goldberger, H. Eugene Stanley
      Pages 218-257
    3. Larry S. Liebovitch, Thomas Penzel, Jan W. Kantelhardt
      Pages 258-281
    4. Wolfram Bunk, Ferdinand Jamitzky, René Pompl, Christoph Räth, Gregor E. Morfill
      Pages 282-309
    5. Dirk Helbing, Illés J. Farkas, Tamás Vicsek
      Pages 330-350
  5. Nonlinear Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Rosario N. Mantegna, H. Eugene Stanley
      Pages 352-371
    3. Didier Sornette, Dietrich Stauffer, Hideki Takayasu
      Pages 410-435
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 437-453

About this book


Are there universal laws governing the persistence of weather, and is it possible to predict climate transitions as generated by natural or man-made perturbations? How can one quantify the roller-coaster dynamics of stock markets and anticipate mega-crashes? Can we diagnose the health condition of patients from heartbeat time-series analysis which may even form the basis for infarct prevention? This book tackles these questions by applying advanced methods from statistical physics and related fields to all types of non-linear dynamics prone to disaster. The transdisciplinary analysis is organized in some dozen review articles written by world-class scientists.


Atmospheric variability Biorhythms Disaster dynamics Scaling laws Stock markekt fluctuations complexity entropy

Authors and affiliations

  • Armin Bunde
    • 1
  • Jürgen Kropp
    • 2
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJustus-Liebig-Universität GiessenGiessenGermany
  2. 2.Potsdam-Institut für KlimafolgenforschungPotsdamGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-62531-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-56257-0
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