- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Edition edition (26 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851684522
- ISBN-13: 978-1851684526
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,46,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Energy - A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) Paperback – 26 Apr 2006
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'There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil' -- Bill Gates 'This book is about physical rather than social sciences. It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change.' -- Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook 'A breath of fresh air and a gem in the bookshop. Rich in thoughtful insights and written in sparkling prose.' -- Professor David G. Victor - School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
About the Author
Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He has written 40 books and nearly 500 papers on energy, environment and technical advances. In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers, in 2014 he became the Member of the Order of Canada and in 2015 he received the OPEC Award for Research.
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Few corrections concerning Chernobyl accident discussed in chapter
4. First, RBMK reactor is shielded (it is not be possible to operate
unshielded reactor). Second, the accident was much worse than the core
meltdown. Destruction of the reactor started by power
excursion. Reactor confinement was destroyed by explosions. It
provided leakpath for radioactivity release. Fire of graphite
moderator then lifted radioactive gas and particles to the
Comment to the E-book typography: using of two font sizes rends the
book difficult to read on Kindle (at least with my eyes).
It left me in awe of just how much we humans have come to know. Also, it puts in perspective some of the climate change issues. Just remember, there will not be a quiz and enjoy knowing that out there scientists actually understand a lot more than today's media can ever present.