'There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil'
A Beginner's GuideVaclav Smil
With one famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein proved all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere and it is everything.
In this newly updated and engaging introduction, renowned scientist Vaclav Smil explores energy in all its facets – from the inner workings of the human body to what we eat, the car we drive and the race for more efficient and eco-friendly fuels.
Energy: A Beginner’s Guide highlights the importance of energy in both past and present societies, by shedding light on the science behind global warming and efforts to prevent it, and by revealing how our daily decisions affect energy consumption. Whether you’re looking for dinner table conversation or to further your own understanding, this book will amaze and inform, uncovering the truths and exposing the myths behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.
'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.'
'A breath of fresh air and a gem in the bookshop. Rich in thoughtful insights and written in sparkling prose.'