Energy Paperback – 26 Apr 2006
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'“There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil"(Bill Gates)
“This book is about physical rather than social sciences. It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change.”(Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook)
"A breath of fresh air and a gem in the bookshop. Rich in thoughtful insights and written in sparkling prose"(Professor David G. Victor - School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego)
"This admirably clear and comprehensive guide shows how we use and misuse energy, and the prospects, as ever more if us devour the Earth's diminishing capital of fossil fuels."(Sir Crispin Tickell - British Ambassador to the United Nations) See all Product description
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Learned much more from this book than from hundreds of articles about energy in newspapers and the web. A lot of writing about this tends to have a very strong agenda - this sticks closely to the facts, both historical and scientific. It's quite hard for someone with no science background, but the author gives really good and concise explanations. Vaclav Smil clearly points out the problems with many of the new and old technologies.
It's showing its age a little now, so it would be great if this was updated.
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You either have to have some previous knowledge or have a dictionary/encyclopedia handy.
Its a great book and not too advanced at all for those with basic knowledge-just don't confuse it with the "for dummies" style beginner books.
I learned a lot from this.
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