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Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-first Century: The Hierarchy of Energy

By: Howard T Odum

479 pages, 216 line drawings, 17 tabs, 2 halftones

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Jun 2007 | #165399 | ISBN-13: 9780231128872
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Hardback | Jun 2007 | #165398 | ISBN-13: 9780231128865
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Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-first Century focuses on the significance of energy and its role in society. For this edition Odum refines his original theories and introduces two new quantities: emergy and transformity. These concepts evaluate and compare energy resources and their transformations by calculating all the energy and material that flows in and out of a particular system. Natural energies such as solar radiation, the cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are diagrammed in terms of energy and emergy flow. Through this method Odum reveals the similarities between human economic and social systems and the way in which our survival and prosperity are regulated as much by the laws of energetics as by those of the physical and chemical world.

Get a rare, fresh, enlightening glimpse of the Big Picture of our environmental and energy problems Highly recommended. Choice 12/1/07


1- This World System 12- Systems Networks and Metabolism 133- Energy Laws and Maximum Power 324- Energy Hierarchy and Natural Value 635- Energy and Planet Earth 1026- Energy and Ecosystems 1317- Empower Basis for Society 1768- Structure Information and Evolution 2219- Energy and Economics 25210- Energetic Organization of Society 281 11- Energetic Basis for Religion 313 12- Partnership with Nature 332 13- Climax and Descent 380 14- Formulas for Energy Systems Modules 39

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HOWARD T. ODUM was graduate research professor and director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He won the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Prix de l'Institut de la Vie awarded by the French government.

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