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Numbers Don't Lie: 71 Stories To Help Us Understand The Modern World
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"Vaclav Smil is my favorite author… Numbers Don't Lie takes everything that makes his writing great and boils it down into an easy-to-read format. I unabashedly recommend this book to anyone who loves learning."--Bill Gates, GatesNotes From the author of…
Grand Transitions: How the Modern World Was Made
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What makes the modern world work? The answer to this deceptively simple question lies in four "grand transitions" of civilization - in populations, agriculture, energy, and economics - which have transformed the way we live. Societies that have undergone all four…
Growth: From Microorganisms To Megacities

Growth: From Microorganisms To Megacities

by Vaclav Smil

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|December 8, 2020

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Power Density: A Key To Understanding Energy Sources And Uses

Power Density: A Key To Understanding Energy Sources And Uses

by Vaclav Smil

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|September 2, 2016

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The first systematic, quantitative appraisal of power density, offering detailed reviews of power densities of renewable energy flows, fossil fuels, and all common energy uses. “There's no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.”…
Energy And Civilization: A History

Energy And Civilization: A History

by Vaclav Smil

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|November 13, 2018

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A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization. "I wait for new Smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. In…
Energy: A Beginner's Guide

Energy: A Beginner's Guide

by Vaclav Smil

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|February 14, 2017

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With his famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein showed us that all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere; it is everything. In this engaging introduction, renowned author and scientist Vaclav Smil covers a wide range of topics, from the inner workings of…
Should We Eat Meat?: Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory
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Meat eating is often a contentious subject, whether considering the technical, ethical, environmental, political, or health-related aspects of production and consumption. This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination and critique of meat…
Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century

Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century

by Vaclav Smil

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|September 21, 2015

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Natural gas is the world’s cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources and nonconventional stores, the extension of…
Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization
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How much further should the affluent world push its material consumption? Does relative dematerialization lead to absolute decline in demand for materials?  These and many other questions are discussed and answered in Making the Modern World: Materials and…
Prime Movers Of Globalization: The History And Impact Of Diesel Engines And Gas Turbines
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The story of how diesel engines and gas turbines, used to power cargo ships and jet airplanes, made today's globally integrated economy possible. The many books on globalization published over the past few years range from claims that the world is flat to an…
Global Catastrophes And Trends: The Next Fifty Years
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A wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at global changes that may occur over the next fifty years—whether sudden and cataclysmic world-changing events or gradually unfolding trends. Fundamental change occurs most often in one of two ways: as a “fatal…
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