The Resource Energy and civilization : a history, Vaclav Smil

Energy and civilization : a history, Vaclav Smil

Label
Energy and civilization : a history
Title
Energy and civilization
Title remainder
a history
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on Earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows -- ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity -- for their civilized existence. In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel--driven civilization. Humans are the only species that can systematically harness energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intellect and an enormous variety of artifacts -- from the simplest tools to internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors. The epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economics, urbanization, quality of life, politics, and the environment. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview. This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's Energy in World History (1994). Smil has incorporated an enormous amount of new material, reflecting the dramatic developments in energy studies over the last two decades and his own research over that time"--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smil, Vaclav
Dewey number
333.7909
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TJ163.5
LC item number
.S623 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Smil, Vaclav
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Power resources
  • Power resources
  • Technology and civilization
  • Energy consumption
Label
Energy and civilization : a history, Vaclav Smil
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Edition statement from jacket-sleeve
  • Updated and expanded version of author's Energy in World History (1994)
Bar code
  • 31223118513234
  • 31223118513218
  • 31223118513358
  • 31223118513325
  • 31223114652168
  • 31223114652010
  • 31223118513200
  • 31223118513226
  • 31223118513341
  • 31223118513333
  • 31223114652028
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-530) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Energy and society -- Energy in prehistory -- Traditional farming -- Preindustrial prime movers and fuels -- Fossil fuels, primary electricity, and renewables -- Fossil-fueled civilization -- Energy in world history
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Updated and expanded.
Extent
vii, 552 pages
Isbn
9780262035774
Lccn
2016030742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)959698256
Label
Energy and civilization : a history, Vaclav Smil
Publication
Note
  • Edition statement from jacket-sleeve
  • Updated and expanded version of author's Energy in World History (1994)
Bar code
  • 31223118513234
  • 31223118513218
  • 31223118513358
  • 31223118513325
  • 31223114652168
  • 31223114652010
  • 31223118513200
  • 31223118513226
  • 31223118513341
  • 31223118513333
  • 31223114652028
  • 31223118513309
  • 31223114652176
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-530) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Energy and society -- Energy in prehistory -- Traditional farming -- Preindustrial prime movers and fuels -- Fossil fuels, primary electricity, and renewables -- Fossil-fueled civilization -- Energy in world history
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Updated and expanded.
Extent
vii, 552 pages
Isbn
9780262035774
Lccn
2016030742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)959698256

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