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The Coal Question: An Enquiry Concerning the Progress of the Nation, and the Probable Exhaustion of Our Coal-Mines Paperback – January 12, 2010

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1142564770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1142564773
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,587,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to read about Jevons' Paradox, you can't do any better than to read it from the author's own mouth. Couple notes:

1) This is a photocopy of the book from the New York Public Library. It makes sense that there is some damage to the book since it was written more than 100 years ago, however that isn't the real problem, the real problem is the copy machine operator deserves 0 stars:
a) Some of the pages are out of focus like they didn't get the book all the way down on the copy machine or something. A few pages are just hard to read, a few are impossible. (90% of the pages are great.)
b) Sometimes pages are out of order or duplicated or have other obviously wrong problems, sometimes the duplicates are of the out of focus pages, so when you find a bad page check the next one. Fortunately the original book did have page numbers.

2) Obviously, Jevons' Paradox as an entire concept that applies to automobile efficiency or house insulation didn't exist when Jevons was alive, so he didn't write about it. Like the title says, this book is about coal.

3) A lot of the book is about Jevons worrying about Britain losing power when the British coal runs out, where as I picked up the book for the technical reasons so I wasn't looking for that detail. From a historical perspective it is fascinating read because he was right. That said, America didn't just rise to power because you could pick coal up off the Ohio river banks, it also involved being able to drain oil out of swamps...
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