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Energy: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) Paperback – February 14, 2017
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'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
'This admirably clear and comprehensive guide shows how we use and misuse energy, and the prospects, as ever more if us devour the Earth's diminishing capital of fossil fuels.' ― Sir Crispin Tickell - British Ambassador to the United Nations
About the Author
- Publisher : Oneworld Publications; 2nd Edition, Revised (February 14, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1786071339
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786071330
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.55 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At ~200 pages, I figured the book would provide a quick survey of many topics at a high level, and wouldn't read like a science textbook. This is true, but someone looking for an overview should know that this book is packed with detailed explanations of the topics that are covered. As a non-scientist, this book increased my knowledge and certainly shed light on the applications to modern life that I was looking for.
I highly recommend this book.
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.
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Having that said, the package didn't supply necessary protection, as the Paperback arrived somewhat dented..
As is usual for the books that I’ve read by this author, it reads like a textbook – authoritative, factual, focused, and dense with information yet very readable. Each page glows with facts – some which I found less interesting but most which I found quite mesmerizing. Just about all aspects of energy, from its production to its consumption, is covered here is a very concise way. I believe that this book would be of interest principally to serious readers who would like to broaden their knowledge in this most important topic.
Non mancano comparazioni anche numeriche in grado di far riflettere non poco su quale possa essere il nostro sviluppo nei prossimi anni.