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Smil V. Energy: A Beginner's Guide

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Smil V. Energy: A Beginner's Guide
Oneworld Oxford, England, 2006. — X, 181 p. — ISBN-13 978–1–85168–452–6, ISBN-10 1–85168–452–2.
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.
Energy in our minds: concepts and measures
Science of energy: origins and abstracts
Fundamental concepts: energies, conversions, efficiencies
Quantitative understanding: the necessity of units
Energy in the biosphere: how nature works
Sun and earth: solar radiation and its return
Air and water: media in motion
The earth’s heat: refashioning the planet
Photosynthesis: reactions and rates
Heterotrophs: metabolism and locomotion
Energy in ecosystems: networks and flows
Energy in human history: muscles, tools, and machines
Human energetics: food, metabolism, activity
Foraging societies: gatherers, hunters, fishers
Traditional agricultures: foundations and advances
Biomass fuels: heat and light
Pre-industrial cities: transport and manufacturing
The early modern world: the rise of machines
Energy in the modern world: fossil-fueled civilization
Coal: the first fossil fuel
Crude oil: internal combustion engines
Oil and natural gas: hydrocarbons dominant
Electricity: the first choice
Electricity: beyond fossil fuels
Energy and the environment: worrying consequences
Energy in everyday life: from eating to emailing
Food intakes: constants and transitions
Household energies: heat, light, motion, electronics
Transport energies: road vehicles and trains
Flying high: airplanes
Embodied energies: energy cost of goods
Global interdependence: energy linkages
Energy in the future: trends and unknowns
Energy needs: disparities, transitions, and constraints
Renewable energies: biomass, water, wind, solar
Innovations and inventions: impossible forecasts
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