Technological Risk

H. W. Lewis, Author W. W. Norton & Company $22.95 (353p) ISBN 978-0-393-02883-6
In this admirably balanced study, Lewis, who teaches physics at UC-Santa Barbara, considers how we may best take advantage of technological progress while evaluating, preventing or mitigating its attendant risks. Hard-hitting, though no doom-sayer, the author attacks inertia, greed and popular misconceptions in a lively colloquial style, criticizing the efforts of scientists, government, industry and media in accounting for and managing environmental pollution. He also offers informed speculation on nuclear fallout and the greenhouse effect, and strongly advocates increased monitoring of structural and operational safety in public works, buildings, transportation, goods, etc. Better education, Lewis implies, is key to equipping individuals to weigh benefits and risks wisely. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-0-393-30829-7
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