10/4 2019

Energy and Civilization Vaclav Smil

A History

This is a comprehensive and detailed historical account of energy usage and its affects. Smil walks us through our relationship with energy by providing specific metrics and great comparative examples. It seems to present information with as little bias as possible, while still confronting the barriers and advantages to the various forms of energy we have encountered. I don't see myself re-reading this for some time, but I thought it did a good job at demonstrating the importance of thinking in terms of energy flows.

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