Catastrophe Time!

Catastrophe Time!

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Publisher's Synopsis

Once, financial practitioners plied a hybrid trade as hydrologists, star-gazers, and weather-watchers who sought to discover the natural laws of value and exchange as they did the divine order of an unchanging nature. Today, corporate firms hire trend forecasters and scenario planners to play out strategic fictions in virtual worlds. Hurricane and drought insurance markets offer investment instruments tied to a turbulent climate as a hedge against the risks of the stock market. And for financial astrologers operating on Wall Street, celestial motions provide a cosmic mapping that orients the mood of terrestrial markets. Through essays and interviews, Catastrophe Time! pays attention to the conditions of speculative knowledge, whether through modelling or intuition, exploring its pitfalls and its potentials. Traversing a grey zone between rigorous research and operative science fictions, its contributors question how practices of speculation may transform, undermine, and at times exceed, the worlds they set out to model.

Book information

ISBN: 9781913689674
Publisher: Strange Attractor Press
Imprint: Strange Attractor Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 003.2
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: 257 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 318g
Height: 131mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 23mm