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Energy: A Beginner's Guide

Series: Beginner's Guides

By: Vaclav Smil

Oneworld Publications

Paperback | Apr 2006 | #159864 | ISBN: 1851684522
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As Einstein pointed out in his famous equation E=MC2, all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere and is everything. In this engaging book, the author describes the concept of energy, while exploring a fascinating range of topics including everything from the inner workings of the human body to the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fossil fuels.

David G. Victor - Director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University"Smil's 'Energy' is rich in thoughtful insights and written in sparkling prose, this little book offers a sweeping survey of the many ways that energy moves our economy and ecology."Sir Crispin Tickell - Former Chairman of both the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington DC and the International Institute for Environment"This admirably clear and comprehensive guide shows how we us and misuse energy, and the prospects, as ever more if us devour the Earth's diminishing capital of fossil fuels."


1 Energy in our minds: Concepts and Measures;2. Energy in the biosphere: how nature works;3. Energy in human history: muscles. Tools. Machines; 4. Energy in the modern world; fossil fueled civilisation; 5. Energy in everyday life: from eating to emailing; 6. Energy in the future: trends and unknown

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Author Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has written over 10 books on energy and been a keynote speaker at both the World Economic Forum and the Global Roundtable on Climate Change. He is the first non-American to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology and is a Special Fellow of the Royal Society.

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