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Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects

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Energy transitions are fundamental processes behind the evolution of human societies: they both drive and are driven by technical, economic, and social changes. In a bold and provocative argument, Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects describes the history of modern society's dependence on fossil fuels and the prospects for the transition to a nonfossil worl ...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published May 26th 2010 by Praeger
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John
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book hard to get into for about the first twenty pages or so. I think it was the sentences: they were long and had maybe one too many twist to them, which when combined with the font size made it difficult to follow. This kept this book on my shelf for far too long. Recently, I'm not sure exactly why, I decided to plow ahead.

I'm not sure what happened, whether I got the rhythm of reading this book or Vaclav Smil got the rhythm of writing it, because once the pace of "Energy Transiti
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Aftr
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As always with Smil, a dose of strong smelling salts for those who prefer nonsense to analytic rigor.
Ellen
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched book which gives expert analysis and opinions of renowned scientific author Vaclav Smil. While sections of the book have a 'text-book' feel, and are dominated by numerical comparisons and statistical analysis, I found the dedication to facts and informed conclusions vital to presenting a compelling and exciting narrative for the coming energy transition, and made sure to read every word. While offering extensive quantitative analysis, Smil also offers a ...more
Ericka Wicks
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though heavy with statistics, the analysis was necessary to accurately access the timeframes of past energy transitions and their drivers. A note of caution would be that the drivers of our current energy transitions are different, so applying learnings from the past isn't clear-cut (which is not made as explicit as it could be). His outlook on reaching decarbonization and climate objectives is not pretty. We have lots of work to do and different modes of thinking to apply and actions to take be ...more
Łukasz
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How is this book not in primary schools?
Prash
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An important book to understand energy transitions as accurately as possible
Kdaly37
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book of year
Wildwoila
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, library
A cautionary history of the slowness and unpredictability of energy system transformation. Unnecessarily data heavy. Thankfully, for now looks overly pessimistic.
Gerry
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Starts off with a laundry list of statistics that gets a little dull, but second half gets a lot more interesting.
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Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of forty books, including Energy and Civilization, published by the MIT Press. In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

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