Energy (Bolinda Beginner Guides) Unabridged Edition
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About the Author
Václav Smil is a Czech-Canadian scientist and policy analyst. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Dave Ferguson is a spiritual entrepreneur and the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative multi-site missional church with eleven locations in Chicago. Dave is the movement leader for NewThing, an international network of reproducing churches. He is also the coauthor of The Big Idea. Check out the latest from Dave on his blog (www.daveferguson.org) or follow his everyday adventures on twitter @daveferguson.
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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.
En conclusión, es un libro interesante, pero no para todos. Hay que leerlo con mucha paciencia y, sobre todo, releerlo más de una vez para sacar todo el provecho que promete.
Por lo demás, el texto es el que yo esperaba, ¡eso muy bien! pero el producto es malo.