Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

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Overview

Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyzes the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale—for Europe, the Untied States, and the world. In case study format, this informative reference answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, the potential of sustainable fossil fuels, and the possibilities of sharing renewable power with foreign countries. While underlining the difficulty of minimizing consumption, the tone remains positive as it debunks misinformation and clearly explains the calculations of expenditure per person to encourage people to make individual changes that will benefit the world at large.

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Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Physics
I would choose Sustainable Energy as a text over its competitors because MacKay has moved the energy discussion in the direction where energy alternatives can be considered quantitatively.
boingboing.net

May be the best technical book about the environment that I've ever read. This is to energy and climate what Freakonomics is to economics.

Economist.com

A tour de force . . . As a work of popular science it is exemplary . . . For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the real problems involved [it] is the place to start.

Guardian.co.uk

A new academic book written by David MacKay, a physics professor at the University of Cambridge, is being hailed by some as a 'game changer': a text that could revolutionize popular thinking about our future energy needs and how we could supply them.

The Sun

If only all scientists could adopt this approach, then perhaps there would be no need for politically motivated TV documentaries.

From the Publisher

"If someone wants an overall view of how energy gets used, where it comes from, and the challenges in switching to new sources, this is the book to read."  —Bill Gates, chairman, Microsoft

"I would choose Sustainable Energy as a text over its competitors because MacKay has moved the energy discussion in the direction where energy alternatives can be considered quantitatively."  —American Journal of Physics

"A new academic book written by David MacKay, a physics professor at the University of Cambridge, is being hailed by some as a "game changer": a text that could revolutionize popular thinking about our future energy needs and how we could supply them."  —guardian.co.uk

"May be the best technical book about the environment that I've ever read.  This is to energy and climate what Freakonomics is to economics."  —boingboing.net

"The main text of his book is readable (and witty) and its technical appendices bristle with equations. If the planet and its people are the patient, MacKay's book is the the lab results, temperature chart and electrocardiogram." —The New York Review of Books (April 26, 2012)

"This is a brilliant book that is both a racy read and hugely informative . . . It shows . . . how cars might become far more efficient but why planes cannot."  —David Newbery, director, Electricity Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge

"A tour de force . . . As a work of popular science it is exemplary . . . For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the real problems involved [it] is the place to start."  —Economist.com

"If only all scientists could adopt this approach, then perhaps there would be no need for politically motivated TV documentaries."  —The Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780954452933
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 489,000
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David MacKay is a professor in the department of physics at Cambridge University, a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change, and a regular lecturer on sustainable energy.

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