Synopses & Reviews
As Einstein pointed out in his famous equation E=MC2, all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere and is everything. In this engaging book, the author describes the concept of energy, while exploring a fascinating range of topics including everything from the inner workings of the human body to the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fossil fuels.
Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has written over 10 books on energy and been a keynote speaker at both the World Economic Forum and the Global Roundtable on Climate Change. He is the first non-American to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology and is a Special Fellow of the Royal Society.
A lively and accessible survey of all the forms of energy that shape our world, from the sun to the human body, from bread to microchips.
In this user-friendly and informative book, prolific 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 exciting topics as the inner workings of the human body, and the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels. Whether you're after insight or dinner table conversation, Energy: A Beginner's Guide will amaze and inform, uncovering the science behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.
Delightful reading yet always scientifically rigourous, this invaluable guide shows how every aspect of our existence is linked with energy?s sources, flows, conversions and uses.