Energy: A Human History

Simon & Schuster - Ultimately, the history of these challenges tells the story of humanity itself. Through an unforgettable cast of characters, as we now turn to natural gas, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, nuclear power, and renewable energy. Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw life from raw material since the beginning of time.

In rhodes’s singular style, Energy details how this knowledge of our history can inform our way tomorrow. Each invention, and through such transformations, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, we arrived at where we are today. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford. He also addresses the specter of global warming, and a population hurtling towards ten billion by 2100

. He addresses how we learned from such challenges, mastered their transitions, and capitalized on their opportunities. Rhodes also looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas. Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, Herman Melville, John D.

Energy: A Human History - Pulitzer prize- and national book award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time—wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond. People have lived and died, and nations have risen to world power and declined, businesses have prospered and failed, all over energy challenges.





A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow

PublicAffairs - Their people enjoyed prosperity and growing energy use in harmony with the natural environment. They didn't do this through personal sacrifice, nor through 100 percent renewables, but by using them in combination with an energy source the Swedes call kärnkraft, hundreds of times safer and cleaner than coal.

By following their methods, we could decarbonize the global economy by midcentury, replacing fossil fuels even while world energy use continues to rise. As climate change quickly approaches a series of turning points that guarantee disastrous outcomes, a solution is hiding in plain sight. The first book to offer a proven, fast, inexpensive, practical way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent catastrophic climate change.

A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow - Clearly written and beautifully illustrated, yet footnoted with extensive technical references, Goldstein and Qvist's book will provide a new touchstone in discussions of climate change. But so far we have lacked the courage to really try. Several countries have already replaced fossil fuels with low-carbon energy sources, and done so rapidly, in one to two decades.

. In this clear-sighted and compelling book, joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist explain how clean energy quickly replaced fossil fuels in such places as Sweden, France, South Korea, and Ontario. It could spark a shift in world energy policy that, in the words of Steven Pinker's foreword, literally saves the world.





The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Simon & Schuster - Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. Told in rich human, political, and scientific detail that any reader can follow, The Making of the Atomic Bomb is a thought-provoking and masterful work.

Simon Schuster. From nuclear power’s earliest foreshadowing in the work of H. G. Wells to the bright glare of trinity at alamogordo and the arms race of the Cold War, this dread invention forever changed the course of human history, and The Making of The Atomic Bomb provides a panoramic backdrop for that story.

The Making of the Atomic Bomb - . That competition launched the manhattan Project and the nearly overnight construction of a vast military-industrial complex that culminated in the fateful dropping of the first bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Reading like a character-driven suspense novel, including planck, szilard, oppenheimer, Meitner, politics, Teller, Fermi, von Neumann, the book introduces the players in this saga of physics, Bohr, and human psychology—from FDR and Einstein to the visionary scientists who pioneered quantum theory and the application of thermonuclear fission, and Lawrence.

Richard rhodes’s ability to craft compelling biographical portraits is matched only by his rigorous scholarship. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book details the science, the people, and the socio-political realities that led to the development of the atomic bomb.

This sweeping account begins in the 19th century, with the discovery of nuclear fission, and continues to World War Two and the Americans’ race to beat Hitler’s Nazis.





Energy and Civilization: A History The MIT Press

The MIT Press - In his latest book, he goes deep and broad to explain how innovations in humans' ability to turn energy into heat, Energy and Civilization: A History, and motion have been a driving force behind our cultural and economic progress over the past 10, light, 000 years. Bill gates, gates notes, best books of the YearEnergy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done.

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

Energy and Civilization: A History The MIT Press - A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization. I wait for new smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. Smil has incorporated an enormous amount of new material, reflecting the dramatic developments in energy studies over the last two decades and his own research over that time.

This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's Energy in World History 1994. Mit. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. 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 Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Penguin Books - He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Simon Schuster. This long-awaited successor to daniel yergin’s pulitzer prize-winning the Prize provides an essential, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic changeA master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, overarching narrative of global energy, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize.

Penguin Books. In the quest, yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. The quest tells the inside stories, and reveals surprising  insights about coal, tackles the tough questions, electricity, and natural gas.

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World - Mit. Epic in scope and never more timely, technologies, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, and individuals that are shaping our future.





Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

Penguin Books - Penguin Books. Simon Schuster. Mit. The action spans the globe—featuring kidnapping cases, civil wars, exxonmobil’s chief executive until 2005, and current chairman and chief executive Rex Tillerson, including corporate legend Lee “Iron Ass” Raymond, and high-stakes struggles at the Kremlin—and the narrative is driven by larger-than-life characters, President-elect Donald Trump's nomination for Secretary of State.

A penetrating, news-breaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy. Penguin Books. Private empire pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporation’s recent history and its central role on the world stage, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power - From the award-winning and bestselling author of ghost wars and directorate s, an “extraordinary” and “monumental” exposé of Big Oil The Washington PostIncludes a profile of current Secretary of State and former chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil, Rex TillersonIn this, the first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobil—the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States—Steve Coll reveals the true extent of its power.





Energy and Civilization: A History The MIT Press

MIT Press - In his latest book, he goes deep and broad to explain how innovations in humans' ability to turn energy into heat, light, Energy and Civilization: A History, and motion have been a driving force behind our cultural and economic progress over the past 10, 000 years. Bill gates, gates notes, best books of the YearEnergy 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. Mit. Life on earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. 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.

Energy and Civilization: A History The MIT Press - A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization. I wait for new smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. Simon Schuster. 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. Penguin Books.





The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Harper - Penguin Books. The revered new york times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.

It was thomas jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Why is precision important? what are the different tools we use to measure it? who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, art, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society? Simon Schuster.

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World - At the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools-machines that make machines. Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, including gene splicing, and cameras-and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, microchips, and the Hadron Collider.

At the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines. The revered new york times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement-precision-in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.





Energy: A Beginner's Guide Beginner's Guides

Oneworld Publications - The revered new york times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement-precision-in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.

Penguin Books. 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. With his famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein showed us that all matter can be described as energy.

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. It is everywhere; it is everything. At the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools-machines that make machines.

Energy: A Beginner's Guide Beginner's Guides - Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, microchips, lenses, including gene splicing, and cameras-and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, and the Hadron Collider. Oneworld Publications. Mit. 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.





Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses The MIT Press

The MIT Press - Mit. The revered new york times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement-precision-in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.

Power density―the rate of energy flux per unit of area―is an important but largely overlooked measure. Penguin Books. Simon Schuster. The first systematic, fossil fuels, quantitative appraisal of power density, offering detailed reviews of power densities of renewable energy flows, and all common energy uses.

Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses The MIT Press - 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. At the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools-machines that make machines.

Eventually, and cameras-and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, lenses, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider. Oneworld Publications. Any understanding of complex energy systems must rely on quantitative measures of many fundamental variables.





Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

W. W. Norton & Company - Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks readers from the textile mills in england that powered the industrial Revolution and the factory towns of New England to the colossal steel and car plants of twentieth-century America, toys, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union and on to today’s behemoths making sneakers, and cellphones in China and Vietnam.

The giant factory, Freeman shows, led a revolution that transformed human life and the environment. 30 illustrations Simon Schuster. He examines representations of factories in the work of Charles Sheeler, Charlie Chaplin, Margaret Bourke-White, Diego Rivera, and Edward Burtynsky. Behemoth tells the grand story of global industry from the Industrial Revolution to the present.

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World - Mit. And it offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now. Penguin Books. The revered new york times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement-precision-in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. Mit Press.