. In case study format, the potential of sustainable fossil fuels, this informative reference answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, and the possibilities of sharing renewable power with foreign countries.
Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy DebateAEI Press #ad - Energy myths and realities: bringing science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge. Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress.
Energy myths and realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking. Established technologies and traditional energy sources are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through that transition. The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive_and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure.
Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate #ad - When will the world run out of oil? should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future? Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises. There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, business leaders, activists, politicians, and even scientists_wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies.
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and InventionRandom House #ad - The sweeping true story of how the steam engine changed the world, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, from the acclaimed author of Miracle CureIf all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress.
In the most powerful idea in the world, william Rosen tells the story of the men responsible for the Industrial Revolution and the machine that drove it—the steam engine. The most powerful idea in the World will appeal to readers fascinated with history, science, and the hows and whys of innovation itself.
Rosen traces the steam engine’s history from its early days as a clumsy but sturdy machine, to its coming-of-age driving the wheels of mills and factories, to its maturity as a transporter for people and freight by rail and by sea. Along the way we enter the minds of such inventors as thomas newcomen and James Watt, scientists including Robert Boyle and Joseph Black, and philosophers John Locke and Adam Smith—all of whose insights, tenacity, and ideas transformed first a nation and then the world.
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention #ad - William rosen is a masterly storyteller with a keen eye for the “aha!” moments of invention and a gift for clear and entertaining explanations of science. In the process he tackles the question that has obsessed historians ever since: What made eighteenth-century Britain such fertile soil for inventors? Rosen’s answer focuses on a simple notion that had become enshrined in British law the century before: that people had the right to own and profit from their ideas.
The result was a period of frantic innovation revolving particularly around the promise of steam power.
Should We Eat Meat?: Evolution and Consequences of Modern CarnivoryWiley-Blackwell #ad - This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination and critique of meat consumption by humans, throughout their evolution and around the world. Should we eat meat? is not an ideological tract for or against carnivorousness but rather a careful evaluation of meat's roles in human diets and the environmental and health consequences of its production and consumption.
Setting the scene with a chapter on meat’s role in human evolution and its growing influence during the development of agricultural practices, outputs, the book goes on to examine modern production systems, their efficiencies, and impacts. In conclusion, animals are treated more humanely, where environmental and health impacts are reduced, the author looks forward at his vision of “rational meat eating”, and alternative sources of protein make a higher contribution.
Should We Eat Meat?: Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory #ad - Health impacts are also covered, both positive and negative. It will be of interest to a wide readership including professionals and academics in food and agricultural production, human health and nutrition, environmental science, and regulatory and policy making bodies around the world. Meat eating is often a contentious subject, environmental, ethical, whether considering the technical, political, or health-related aspects of production and consumption.
The major global trends of meat consumption are described in order to find out what part its consumption plays in changing modern diets in countries around the world. The heart of the book addresses the consequences of the "massive carnivory" of western diets, looking at the inefficiencies of production and at the huge impacts on land, water, and the atmosphere.
Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the HeadlinesW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Muller provides all the answers in this must-read guide to our energy priorities now and in the coming years. Richard A. But the “energy question” is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear power will ever really be safe. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor.
The author of physics for Future Presidents returns to educate all of us on the most crucial conundrum facing the nation: energy. The near-meltdown of fukushima, the bp oil rig explosion, the upheavals in the Middle East, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U. S.
Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines #ad - We need to know if solar and wind power will ever really be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false hope that will create more problems than solutions. Citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy.
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial IntelligenceVintage #ad - It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? what career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, so that they do what we want without crashing, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time.
. New york times best sellerhow will artificial intelligence affect crime, justice, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, jobs, war, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.
Energy and Civilization: A History The MIT PressThe MIT Press #ad - Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows—ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity—for their civilized existence. This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's Energy in World History 1994. In this monumental history, vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization.
The epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, quality of life, industry, weapons, politics, transportation, urbanization, communication, economics, and the environment. A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization.
Energy and Civilization: A History The MIT Press #ad - I wait for new smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview. Humans are the only species that can systematically harness energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intellect and an enormous variety of artifacts—from the simplest tools to internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors.
The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass.
Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses The MIT PressThe MIT Press #ad - Smil explains that modern civilization has evolved as a direct expression of the high power densities of fossil fuel extraction. Power density—the rate of energy flux per unit of area—is an important but largely overlooked measure. Conscientious assessment of power densities, he argues, proves particularly revealing when contrasting the fossil fuel–based energy system with renewable energy conversions.
Smil provides the first systematic, offering detailed reviews of the power densities of renewable energy flows, thermal electricity generation, quantitative appraisal of power density, fossil fuels, and all common energy uses. Smil shows that careful quantification, critical appraisals, and revealing comparisons of power densities make possible a deeper understanding of the ways we harness, convert, and use energies.
Any understanding of complex energy systems must rely on quantitative measures of many fundamental variables. He argues that our inevitable and desirable move to new energy arrangements involving conversions of lower-density renewable energy sources will require our society—currently dominated by megacities and concentrated industrial production—to undergo a profound spatial restructuring of its energy system.
Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses The MIT Press #ad - The first systematic, offering detailed reviews of power densities of renewable energy flows, quantitative appraisal of power density, fossil fuels, and all common energy uses. There's no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil. Bill gatesin this book, vaclav Smil argues that power density is a key determinant of the nature and dynamics of energy systems.
Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy EraChelsea Green Publishing #ad - And it is thefulcrum of economic transformation. A global clean-energy race has emerged with astounding speed. Grounded in thirty years’ practical experience, peer-reviewed analysis integrates market-based solutions across transportation, industry, buildings, this ground-breaking, and electricity. It requires nonew federal taxes, mandates, subsidies, or laws.
The policy innovations needed to unlock and speed it need no Act of Congress. Whether you care most about profits and jobs, health, or environmentalstewardship, national security, Reinventing Fire charts apragmatic course that makes sense and makes money. Yet their rising costs to our security, economy, health, and environment nowoutweigh their benefits.
Moreover, that long awaited energy tipping point—where alternatives work better than oil and coal and compete purely on cost—is no longer decades in the future. With clarity and mastery, Lovins and RMI reveal the astounding opportunities forenterprise to create the new energy era. Oil and coal have built our civilization, created our wealth, and enriched the lives of billions.
Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era #ad - It is here and now. The ability to operate without fossil fuels will define winners and losers in business—and among nations. Now, amory lovinsand rocky mountain institute offer a new vision to revitalize business models, in Reinventing Fire, endrunWashington gridlock, and win the clean-energyrace—not forced by public policy butled by business for enduring profit.
It maps pathways and competitive strategies fora 158%-bigger 2050 U.
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of LifeEcco #ad - Ed yong, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are. The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease.
In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Joining the ranks of popular science classics like the botany of desire and The Selfish Gene, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life #ad - Every animal, squid, whether human, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. In this astonishing book, ed yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.
Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, shape our identities, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, and grant us incredible abilities. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.
Energy: A Beginner's Guide Beginner's GuidesOneworld Publications #ad - Energy: a beginner's guide highlights the importance of energy in both past and present societies, by shedding light on the science behind global warming and efforts to prevent it, and by revealing how our daily decisions affect energy consumption. In this newly updated and engaging introduction, renowned scientist Vaclav Smil explores energy in all its facets – from the inner workings of the human body to what we eat, the car we drive and the race for more efficient and eco-friendly fuels.
. With one famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein proved all matter can be described as energy. Whether you're looking for dinner table conversation or to further your own understanding, this book will amaze and inform, uncovering the truths and exposing the myths behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.
Energy: A Beginner's Guide Beginner's Guides #ad - It is everywhere and it is everything.