Handbook of Energy: Diagrams, Charts, and Tables [NOOK Book]


Handbook of Energy, Volume I: Diagrams, Charts, and Tables provides comprehensive, organized coverage on all phases of energy and its role in society, including its social, economic, political, historical, and environmental aspects. While there is a wealth of information about energy available, it is spread across many books, journals, and websites and it tends to target either a particular form of energy or a specific audience. Handbook of Energy provides a central repository of information that meets ...

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Handbook of Energy, Volume I: Diagrams, Charts, and Tables provides comprehensive, organized coverage on all phases of energy and its role in society, including its social, economic, political, historical, and environmental aspects. While there is a wealth of information about energy available, it is spread across many books, journals, and websites and it tends to target either a particular form of energy or a specific audience. Handbook of Energy provides a central repository of information that meets diverse user communities. It focuses on visual, graphic, and tabular information in a schematic format. Individuals and researchers at all educational levels will find the Handbook of Energy to be a valuable addition to their personal libraries.

  • Easy-to-read technical diagrams and tables display a vast array of data and concepts
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"This handbook…is a comprehensive resource on all aspects of energy…Volume 1, divided into five parts and 30 sections, is a compilation of more than 2,000 technical diagrams and easy-to-comprehend figures, charts, and tables that emphasize specific energy concepts…This authoritative resource will be valuable for audiences in disparate fields of interest. Summing Up: Highly Recommended."--CHOICE Reviews Online, March 2014

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080914572
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1034
  • File size: 56 MB
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Meet the Author

Cutler J. Cleveland is the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University, where he also holds the position of Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. Dr. Cleveland is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier Science, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, Editor-in-Chief of the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier Science, in press) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Economics. Dr. Cleveland is a member of the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Energy Statistics, an advisory group to the Department of Energy, and a participant in the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum. He has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, Charles River Associates, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the MacArthur Foundation have supported his research. Dr. Cleveland’s research focuses on the ecological-economic analysis of how energy and materials are used to meet human needs. His research employs the use of econometric models of oil supply, natural resource scarcity, and the relation between the use of energy and natural resources and economic systems. Dr. Cleveland publishes in journals such as Nature, Science, Ecological Modeling, Energy, The Energy Journal, The Annual Review of Energy, Resource and Energy Economics, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and Ecological Economics. He has won publication awards from the International Association of Energy Economics and the National Wildlife Federation.
Christopher Morris is owner of Morris Books and a professional lexicographer who has edited more than 20 different dictionaries on a wide variety of subjects. He is editor in chief of the award-winning Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology, which provides the largest vocabulary of science yet compiled and features special essays by 120 eminent scientists, including nine Nobel laureates. He served as chief editor of the Macmillan school dictionary series, which includes several of the largest-selling educational dictionaries in U.S. history. He has also been an author of school and college textbooks and has compiled many different scientific glossaries, for fields such as ecology, endocrinology, microbiology, oncology, reproductive biology, and toxicology. He and Cutler Cleveland previously collaborated on the Encyclopedia of Energy, winner of an American Library Association award, for which Dr. Cleveland was editor in chief and he served as chief development editor.
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Handbook of Energy


By Cutler J. Cleveland, CHRISTOPHER MORRIS


Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-08-091457-2


Energy is central to human existence. Indeed, human history can be told in terms of the history of energy. The discovery of fire, the domestication of animals, the discovery of fossil fuels, the electrification of cities, advances in nuclear physics, and the recent oil wars in the Middle East are all pivotal points in human history.

Energy is now central to one of the preeminent challenges facing humanity: a sustainable human existence on the planet. Energy is a key driver of macroeconomic growth. In the environmental dimension, conventional energy sources are major drivers of environmental stress at global as well as local levels. In terms of the social dimension, energy is a prerequisite for the fulfillment of many basic human needs and services, and inequities in energy provision and quality often manifest themselves as issues of social justice.

The Handbook of Energy was conceived to provide up-to-date and essential information about energy to a diverse audience. Its distinguishing features are its integration of the social, physical, biological, and engineering sciences, its breadth of coverage, its diversity of content types, and its reliance on authoritative, peer-reviewed information.

Information is organized by five broad themes:

1. Sources: The story of energy begins with the generation of the stocks and flows of energy in the environment that humans ultimately tap. This theme includes content related to all the sources of energy that humans use: solar energy, hydrogen, coal, electricity, wind, and so on.

2. Foundations: Energy is the common link between the living and non-living realms of the universe and thus is an integrator across all fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research. This theme includes content related to the physical foundations of energy that have been established in the natural sciences and engineering fields.

3. Applications. Humans do not value coal or oil per se. Rather, they seek the services that energy provides: warmth, illumination, and mobility. This theme includes content related to the applications of energy, such as energy conversion, lighting, end use efficiency, and transportation by land, water, and air.

4. Impacts. The extraction, processing, transport, and use of energy have wide-ranging impacts. This theme includes content related to climate change, air and water pollution and other environmental effects, and health and safety.

5. Correlations. This theme includes content related to the economics and business of energy.

The diagrams, charts, and tables within this organizational scheme are grouped to supply the reader with logical and ready access to information. Thus, all the diagrams, charts, and tables related to energy conversion are grouped together, as are all those related to oil and gas, all those related to climate change, and so on. This approach exposes the reader to the broad, interdisciplinary nature of the Handbook, while at the same time enabling the reader to easily "drill down" and find information on a specific topic.

The information in the Handbook is drawn predominantly from peer-reviewed sources in academia and government: journals, textbooks, reference handbooks, and technical manuals. Less frequent sources include research institutes, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations.

Cutler J. Cleveland Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Christopher Morris Morris Books, Escondido, California, USA

Excerpted from Handbook of Energy by Cutler J. Cleveland, CHRISTOPHER MORRIS. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.. Excerpted by permission of Elsevier.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

I. Sources Biomass, Hydropower, Wind, Coal, Oil, Natural Gas, Electricity, Nuclear, Alternatives, Renewables, Geothermal, Solar, Photovoltaic, Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Ocean Energy

II. Foundations Thermodynamics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Astronomy, Bioenergetics, Concepts, Measurement

III. Applications Consumption; Conversion; Efficiency; Storage; Materials; Devices and Tools; Agriculture; Mining; Lighting; Manufactured Gas; HVAC; Refrigeration; Communication; Transportation, Land; Transportation, Water; Transportation, Air

IV. Effects Environment, Ecology, Climate Change, Depletion and Shortages, Health and Safety, Wars and Conflicts, Transitions, Sustainable Development

V. Correlations Economics, Business, Organizations, Policy, Social Issues, Public Attitudes

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