ISBN-10: 0199576203

ISBN-13: 9780199576203

Edition: 2011

Authors: Baruch Fischhoff, John Kadvany

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Risks are everywhere. They come from many sources, including crime, diseases, accidents, terror, climate change, finance, and intimacy. They arise from our own acts and they are imposed on us. In this Very Short Introduction Fischhoff and Kadvany draw on both the sciences and humanities to show what all risks have in common. Do we care about losing money, health, reputation, or peace of mind? How much do we care about things happening now or in the future? To ourselves or to others? All risks require thinking hard about what matters to us before we make decisions about them based on past experience, scientific knowledge, and future uncertainties. Using conceptual frameworks such as decision theory and behavioural decision research, we examine the science and practice of creating measures of risk and look at how scientists apply probability by combining historical records, scientific theories, and expert judgement. Showing what science has learned about how people deal with risks, and applying these to diverse everyday examples, the authors demonstrate how we move from understanding a risk to making a choice in everyday life.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Baruch Fischhoff is Howard Heinz University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

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Risk decisions
Defining risk
Analysing risk
Making risk decisions
Risk perception
Risk communication
Risk, culture, and society
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