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Energy : a beginner's guide

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, ©2006.
Series: Oneworld beginners' guides.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction to this far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society. Starting with an explanation of the concept, he goes on to cover such topics as the inner workings of the human body, and the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 9781851684526 1851684522
OCLC Number: 63137225
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 181 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Energy in our minds : concepts and measures --
Energy in the biosphere : how nature works --
Energy in human history : muscles, tools, and machines --
Energy in the modern world : fossil-fueled civilization --
Energy in everyday life : from eating to emailing --
Energy in the future : trends and unknowns.
Series Title: Oneworld beginners' guides.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.

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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, Read more...

 
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