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"If someone wants an overall view of how energy gets used, where it comes from, and the challenges in switching to new sources, this is the book to read." Bill Gates, chairman, Microsoft
"I would choose Sustainable Energy as a text over its competitors because MacKay has moved the energy discussion in the direction where energy alternatives can be considered quantitatively." American Journal of Physics
"This is a brilliant book that is both a racy read and hugely informative . . . It shows . . . how cars might become far more efficient but why planes cannot." David Newbery, director, Electricity Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge
"Here are the numbers in a form easy to digest about energy use and availability. Fantastic achievement." Professor Volker Heine, Fellow of the Royal Society
"May be the best technical book about the environment that I've ever read. This is to energy and climate what Freakonomics is to economics." boingboing.net
"A tour de force . . . As a work of popular science it is exemplary . . . For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the real problems involved [it] is the place to start." economist.com
i needed this book for a global energy class in the fallPublished 6 months ago by Dante Devon Robertson
David MacKay has written a remarkable book. Easy to follow and understand. His analyses are insightful and meaningful. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David S Chapman
MacKay introduces some - but not enough - realism into the field of renewable energy. As a professor of physics, he does an excellent job of explaining power and the fundamental... Read morePublished 8 months ago by F. Hobbs
This book had serious anti-renewable power biases when it was published and, given the advancements made since then, would now qualify as fiction. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Conrad B. Dunkerson
I eagerly read through parts of this book because of the incredible clarity which this author brings to a vexing topic.
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Great book, full of good valid information on sustainable resources.Published 12 months ago by Maria Elena Soto
I used this in a class on Megacities and Sustainability (in conjunction with Meadows' book "Thinking in Systems"), and students really liked the ability to look at various... Read morePublished 12 months ago by mikado48
This book came highly recommended by knowledgeable friends. It is full of important information, but I would not recommend reading it on Kindle. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dr. Leslie Miller-Bernal