Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
By James VlahosPosted 06.13.2005 at 8:45 pm 0 Comments
1. Imagine, for instance, that New York´s Central Park was in the crosshairs. The asteroid strike would release the force of a 1,660-megaton bomb, triggering a magnitude-6.8 earthquake, blasting a two-and-a-half-mile-wide crater and hurling trailer-size rocks deep into Long Island and New Jersey. The tri-state area would be toast.2. The world´s first known insurance policies were issued 5,000 years ago to Mesopotamian
caravan operators.3. “You dumbass!” was the assessment of Harvard´s David Ropeik.