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Energies : an illustrated guide to the biosphere and civilization

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Energy is the only universal currency. One of its many forms must be transformed into another in order for stars to shine, planets to rotate, living things to grow, and civilizations to evolve." "In this book, ecologist Vaclav Smil takes the principle of universality seriously, presenting a comprehensive and integrated survey of all the forms of energy that shape our world, from the sun to the human body, from  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 0262194104 9780262194105 026269235X 9780262692359
OCLC Number: 38485919
Description: xviii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Sun and earth --
pt. 2. Plants and animals --
pt. 3. People and food --
pt. 4. Preindustrial societies --
pt. 5. Fossil-fueled civilization --
pt. 6. Transportation and information.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.

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Accurate, balanced AND imaginative.Jesse H. Anusubel, Director, Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University  Read more...

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"A thought-provoking and enjoyable piece of work." Wolfgang Rueckner, Harvard University

 
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