NIGEL THRIFT IS HEAD OF THE DIVISION OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND A PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. HIS MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS ARE IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, NONREPRESENTATIONAL THEORY, THE BIOSCIENCES, AND THE HISTORY OF TIME, AS WELL AS CITIES. HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A BOOK SUMMARIZING HIS WORK ON NONREPRESENTATIONAL THEORY.
This article is a synoptic review of the recent work of Paul Virilio, conducted through the book, City of Panic. I point to the problems with the increasingly apocalyptic content and tone of Virilio's work on modernity by referring to recent social science research on the city that makes it possible to construct a somewhat more hesitant account, not least, or so I argue, because hesitant accounts are closer to the way the world is.