2nd Edition. — London, England: Oneworld Publications, 2017. — 240 p. — (Beginner's Guides). — ISBN 978-1-78607-133-0.With his famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein showed us that all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere; it is everything. In this engaging introduction, renowned author and scientist Vaclav Smil covers a wide range of topics, from the inner workings of the human body to the race for more efficient and eco-friendly fuels. Shedding light on the science behind global warming and efforts to prevent it, and how our daily decisions affect energy consumption, this book highlights the importance of energy in both past and present societies. 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. 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
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