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Oil: A Beginner's Guide

by Vaclav Smil

Packed with fascinating facts and insight, this book will fuel dinner party debate, and provide readers with the science and politics behind the world’s most controversial resource. Without oil, there would...


Energy: A Beginner's Guide

by Vaclav Smil

As Einstein pointed out in his famous equation, E=MC2, all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere; it is everything. In this engaging book, prolific author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction...


Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate

by Vaclav Smil

There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists_wasting time and money and hampering the development...


Creating the Twentieth Century

Transforming the Twentieth Century

Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World

by Vaclav Smil

Although the last two generations have seen an enormous amount of attention paid to advances in electronics, the fact remains that high-income, high-energy societies could thrive without microchips, etc., but,...


Natural Gas

by Vaclav Smil

Natural gas is the world’s cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources...


Making the Modern World

by Vaclav Smil

How much further should the affluent world push its material consumption? Does relative dematerialization lead to absolute decline in demand for materials?  These and many other questions are discussed and...


Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory

by Vaclav Smil

Meat eating is often a contentious subject, whether considering the technical, ethical, environmental, political, or health-related aspects of production and consumption.

This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary...