Playing Against Nature: Integrating Science and Economics to Mitigate Natural Hazards in an Uncertain World
by S. Stein & J. Stein, 2014

About the book and ordering information 

EOS article about course based on the book 

Figures and tables from the book 

Powerpoint lectures based on the book 

Powerpoint lecture to science teachers based on the book: Part 1Part 2

Story Corps interview about writing the book: Part 1Part 2

Class project resulting from the book 


Disaster Deferred: How New Science is Changing our View of Earthquake Hazards in the Midwest
by S. Stein, 2010

In the winter of 1811-1812, a series of large earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone, often incorrectly described as the biggest ever to hit the United States, shook the Midwest. Today the federal government ranks the hazard in the Midwest as high as California’s and is pressuring communities to undertake expensive preparations for disaster.

Coinciding with the two-hundredth anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes, Disaster Deferred revisits these earthquakes, the legends that have grown about them, and the predictions of doom that have followed in their wake. The book explains the techniques seismologists use to study Midwestern quakes and estimate their danger. Detailing how limited scientific knowledge, bureaucratic instincts, and the media’s love of a good story have exaggerated these hazards, Disaster Deferred calmly debunks the hype surrounding such predictions and discusses a more sensible, less costly policy. The book explains how new geological ideas and data, including those from the Global Positioning System, are painting a very different and much less frightening picture of the future.

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Watch a video about the book

For Chicago Public Radio interviews about the book click here or here

St. Louis Public Radio interview about the book

Arkansas Public Radio interview about the book

Earth magazine article about the book

Using the book to teach about New Madrid

More about the research described in the book

Lecture series based on the book: Teaching about New Madrid earthquakes: science and hazards including figures from the book, class activities, and additional material


Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, & Earth Structure
by S. Stein & M. Wysession, 2002

Ordering information

More about the book, including downloadable figures and Power point

Reviews of the book from EOSPhysics Today, Seismological Research Letters, and Natural Hazards




Seismicity, Fault Rupture and Earthquake Hazards in Slowly Deforming Regions,
edited by A. Landgraf, S. Kübler, E. Hintersberger & S. Stein, 2017






Subduction Dynamics: From Mantle Flow to Mega Disasters
edited by G. Morra, D. A. Yuen, S. D. King, S. M. Lee & S. Stein, 2016






              Continental Intraplate Earthquakes: Science, Hazard, and Policy Issuesedited by S. Stein & S. Mazzotti, 2007







The Adria Microplate: GPS Geodesy, Tectonics and Hazards,
edited by N. Pinter, G. Grenerczy, J. Weber, S. Stein & D. Medak 2005







Plate Boundary Zones,
edited by S. Stein & J. Freymueller, 2002






The Mesozoic Pacific: Geolog, Tectonics, and Volcanism,
edited by M. Pringle, W. Sager, W. Sliter & S. Stein, 1993