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Energy: A Guidebook [Paperback]

Janet Ramage
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10 April 1997
How much energy do you consume each day? Is the answer different if you live in Britain, Switzerland, India or the USA? Where does the energy come from, and where does it all go? Could we live equally well on half as much? Now fully revised and updated, this guide describes the world of energy as we approach the end of the century, and asks some pertinent questions about the next 50 years. If the oil wells run dry and the "dash for gas" exhausts that resource, what are the alternatives? Nuclear Power? Coal? The "biofuels"? And what about the environment? How good is the evidence for global warming? Janet Ramage takes the reader from basic ideas to detailed accounts of energy systems, present and future. She describes the options, but supplies no simple answers.

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  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192880225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192880222
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"a comprehensive, balanced guide to all the most important features of the energy world" -- Nature

"clear, wide ranging and easy-to-read" -- Institute of Physics

About the Author

Dr Janet Ramage is a visiting lecturer in the Energy and Environment Research Unit of the Open University. She also teaches a course in Physics for students of biological sciences at the University of Westminster and another undergraduate course, Energy in the Natural Environment, at King's College, London. She lives in Hampstead.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the funiest serious books about ! 26 Nov 1998
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well written account of energy usage, compaires 4 main countries energy usage, full of data, but not borng by any means. one of the easiest books to read on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginers guide to energy technologies 24 Aug 2001
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Excellent book covering energy generation and consumption. Very easy to read but could contain better links to more detailed information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as it said! 23 Oct 2012
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Condition exactly as advertised! Arrived very quick with another book I had ordered at a different time on the same day! Very good in my opinion!! Also price was very cheap! This book is recommended for one of my courses and it is actually out of print now! Awesome find for me! :]
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2.0 out of 5 stars Energy Book REview 9 Mar 2010
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Remember to check that this is the right version of the book. I didn't check and have now got an earlier version than the one I was after! (Admittedly, there probably aren't that many major changes, but if I'd realised this I would have gone for the latest print).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 Oct 2005
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This book contains a wealth of information well organized in one handy book. This is the place to start, if you want to learn about how energy is used and produced today.
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