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Energy, complexity and wealth maximization

Author: Robert U Ayres
Publisher: [Cham, Switzerland] : Springer, [2016]
Series: Frontiers collection.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is about the mechanisms of wealth creation, or what we like to think of as evolutionary "progress." The massive circular flow of goods and services between producers and consumers is not a perpetual motion machine; it has been dependent for the past 150 years on energy inputs from a finite storage of fossil fuels. In this book, you will learn about the three key requirements for wealth creation, and how  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert U Ayres
ISBN: 9783319305448 3319305441
OCLC Number: 936532795
Description: 593 pages ; illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. --
A Brief History of Ideas: Energy, Entropy and Evolution --
The Cosmos, the Sun and the Earth --
The Origin of Life --
Energy, Water, Climate and Cycles --
Summary of Part I: From the \201CBig Bang\201D to Nutrient Cycles --
Part II --
Energy and Technology --
The New World \2013 and Science --
Energy, Technology and the Future --
Part III --
Mainstream Economics and Energy --
New Perspectives on Capital, Work, and Wealth --
Epilogue --
Appendix. Energy in Growth Theory.
Series Title: Frontiers collection.
Responsibility: Robert Ayres.

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