Energy and Civilization by Vaclav Smil audiobook

Energy and Civilization: A History

By Vaclav Smil
Read by David Colacci

Gildan Media

The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200556182

  • ISBN: 9798200556175

  • ISBN: 9798200556199

Runtime: 20.16 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Library Journal bestseller in science history

Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. 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. Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows—ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity—for their civilized existence. 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.

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 epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economics, urbanization, quality of life, politics, and the environment. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview.

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Author Bio: Vaclav Smil

Author Bio: Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of forty books, including Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses and Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing, both published by the MIT Press. In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2013 Bill Gates wrote on his website that “there is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.”

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 20.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English