In retrospect: Normal Accidents

@article{Pidgeon2011InRN,
  title={In retrospect: Normal Accidents},
  author={Nick Pidgeon},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={477},
  pages={404-405}
}
  • N. Pidgeon
  • Published 21 September 2011
  • Physics
  • Nature
As Japan strives to overcome the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Nick Pidgeon reflects on Charles Perrow's classic book about why complex technologies fail. 
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