Energy and Civilization : A History
by Vaclav Smil
✅ Editor: MIT Press Ltd
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A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agriculture, to the search for food in today’s fossil fuel-driven societies-led by civilization.”I’m waiting for new Smil books from how some people wait for the next “Star Wars” movieIn his latest book, Energy and Civilization: A Story, he goes deep and wide to explain how innovations in the ability of humans to transform energy into heat, light and motion have been a driving force behind our cultural and economic progress and progress during the last 10 years.000 last yearsBill Gates, The Doors of Notes, Best Books of the YearEnergy is the only universal currency; it is necessary to get anything doneEnergy conversion on Earth varies from terraforming the forces of cumulative plate tectonics to erosion effects of raindrops.Life on Earth depends on photosynthesis, the conversion of solar energy into plant biomass.Humans have come to rely on much more energy flows — from fossil fuels to photovoltaic power generation — for their civilized existence.In this monumental story, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from the pre-agricultural, food-seeking societies of today’s fossil fuel-driven societies to civilization-led societies.Human beings are the only species that can systematically mobilize energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intelligence and a wide variety of artifacts, from the simplest tools for internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors.The timing of the transition of fossil fuels affects everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economy, urbanization, quality of life, politics and the environment.Smil describes energetic depictions of the panoramic and interdisciplinary epochs of fashion, which offer readers a magisterial synthesis of the world of fashion.This book is greatly improved and updated from the Smil’s version of Energy in World History (1994)Smil has incorporated a huge amount of new materials, reflecting the impressive evolution of energy studies.
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