Human-made disasters

Steve Parker, 1952-

Book - 2012

Explores the causes of and the role of human beings in such disasters as the sinking of the Titanic and the Challenger space shuttle explosion.

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Series
Science of catastrophe.
Subjects
Published
New York : Crabtree Pub. Co 2012.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
32 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780778775751
0778775755
9780778775805
0778775801
9781427188588
1427188580
9781427197610
142719761X
Main Author
Steve Parker, 1952- (-)
Other Authors
David West, 1956- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This entry in the Science of Catastrophe series examines issues and topics—some of which could be downright scary for children—in a frank and systematic way, focusing on human-created catastrophes and the scientific explanations behind their causes. Events such as the Hindenburg explosion, the Challenger disaster, the Chernobyl meltdown, and the 2007 Mississippi River bridge collapse are included. West's digital illustrations are eerily realistic and haunting, especially the depiction of a hijacked aircraft just moments before it collides with the World Trade Center. A world map of notable man-made disasters is included along with a glossary of technical terms. This is not a book for children with worrisome tendencies, but the scientifically rooted explanations may be a comfort to some, suggesting that these horrible disasters were preventable and that we can and should learn from our mistakes to keep them from happening again. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explores the causes of and the role of human beings in such disasters as the sinking of the Titanic and the Challenger space shuttle explosion.