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Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-First Century: The Hierarchy of Energy Paperback – June 8, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0231128872 ISBN-10: 0231128878

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231128878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231128872
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get a rare, fresh, enlightening glimpse of the Big Picture of our environmental and energy problems… Highly recommended.

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Howard T. Odum was Graduate Research Professor at the University of Florida's Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences from 1970 until his death in 2002. He won the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Prix de l'Institut de la Vie awarded by the French government. He is the author of numerous books and papers, including Ecological and General Systems: An Introduction to Systems Ecology, Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Decision Making, and, with Elisabeth C. Odum, Modeling for all Scales: An Introduction to System Simulation and The Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies.



Howard T. Odum was professor and director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was a winner of the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1987 for his contributions to ecology and environmental science. His student and colleague Mark Brown completed the revisions.


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H.Hieronimi on March 6, 2010
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This is a great actualization of Odums classic work. The complexity of style is somewhat between the quite easy to read "A Prosporous Way Down" and the seminal work "Environmental Accounting". It needs some time to get used to the writing style, anyway it also needs time and concentration to read the book (for a non-academic like me at least).

Nevertheless, the information is deep and revolutionary. For anyone seriously interested in diving deeper into the topic of systems ecology and energy laws, this is the book to read. Includes important predictions and proposals for the time to come.

Here we have the scientific basis for permaculture (sometimes described as systems ecology for the commons)
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Odum was a pioneer in systems theory, which for many scientists, would have been enough

But, he didn't stop there. He uses prose, diagrams, illustrations and mathematical formulas to explain how energy is organized in a transformative hierarchy in the physical environment from soil, sun, plants, animals up to human societies. Most interesting is Odum's analysis of human information, including human finance & human technology, as forms of energy predicated, at least for now, on oil. Odum points out that humanity will have to move from attempting to dominate and consume a finite nature to finding a fit with its naturally recurring systems and cycles.

This book is not an easy read. However, it is rich and provides new ideas that will force every reader, including scientists, to reconceptualize how they view nature & human society.

A must read for the serious environmentalist.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Lewel on February 22, 2013
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If you are a serious motivated reader who likes some maths this book has much to offer you in giving an integrated unique view of energy in the biosphere.
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