Grand Transitions

Grand Transitions

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Total Pages : 400
  • ISBN-10 : 0190060689
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What makes the modern world work? The answer to this deceptively simple question lies in four "grand transitions" of civilization--in populations, agriculture, energy, and economics--which have transformed the way we live. Societies that have undergone all four transitions emerge into an era of radically different population dynamics, food surpluses (and waste), abundant energy use, and expanding economic opportunities. Simultaneously, in other parts of the world, hundreds of millions remain largely untouched by these developments. Through erudite storytelling, Vaclav Smil investigates the fascinating and complex interactions of these transitions. He argues that the moral imperative to share modernity's benefits has become more acute with increasing economic inequality, but addressing this imbalance would make it exceedingly difficult to implement the changes necessary for the long-term preservation of the environment. Thus, managing the fifth transition--environmental changes from natural-resource depletion, biodiversity loss, and global warming--will determine the success or eventual failure of the grand transitions that have made the world we live in today.

Grand Transitions

Grand Transitions [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Total Pages : 400
  • ISBN-10 : 0190060670
What makes the modern world work? The answer to this deceptively simple question lies in four "grand transitions" of civilization--in populations, agricult … GET BOOK
Making the Modern World

Making the Modern World [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Total Pages : 248
  • ISBN-10 : 1118697960
How much further should the affluent world push its material consumption? Does relative dematerialization lead to absolute decline in demand for materials? … GET BOOK
Growth

Growth [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Nature
  • Total Pages : 664
  • ISBN-10 : 0262354527
A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations. Growth has been both an u … GET BOOK
How the World Really Works

How the World Really Works [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 336
  • ISBN-10 : 0593297075
"Vaclav Smil is my favorite author."--Bill Gates An essential analysis of the modern science and technology that makes our twenty-first century lives possi … GET BOOK
Energy and Civilization

Energy and Civilization [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 568
  • ISBN-10 : 0262338319
A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven … GET BOOK
Energy Transitions: Global and National Perspectives, 2nd Edition

Energy Transitions: Global and National Perspectives, 2nd Edition [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 282
  • ISBN-10 : 1440853258
This book provides a detailed, global examination of energy transitions, supplying a long-term historical perspective, an up-to-date assessment of recent a … GET BOOK
Power Density

Power Density [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 320
  • ISBN-10 : 0262326930
The first systematic, quantitative appraisal of power density, offering detailed reviews of power densities of renewable energy flows, fossil fuels, and al … GET BOOK
Transforming the Twentieth Century

Transforming the Twentieth Century [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: History
  • Total Pages : 368
  • ISBN-10 : 0199883424
This inquiry into the technical advances that shaped the 20th century follows the evolutions of all the principal innovations introduced before 1913 (as de … GET BOOK
Framers

Framers [Kenneth Cukier,Viktor Mayer-Schönberger,Francis de Véricourt]

  • Author : Kenneth Cukier,Viktor Mayer-Schönberger,Francis de Véricourt
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Psychology
  • Total Pages : 272
  • ISBN-10 : 059318260X
“Cukier and his co-authors have a more ambitious project than Kahneman and Harari. They don’t want to just point out how powerfully we are influenced b … GET BOOK
Creating the Twentieth Century

Creating the Twentieth Century [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: History
  • Total Pages : 368
  • ISBN-10 : 9780198037743
The period between 1867 and 1914 remains the greatest watershed in human history since the emergence of settled agricultural societies: the time when an ex … GET BOOK
The Frontlines of Peace

The Frontlines of Peace [Severine Autesserre]

  • Author : Severine Autesserre
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Political Science
  • Total Pages : 221
  • ISBN-10 : 0197530370
At turns surprising, funny, and gut-wrenching, this is the hopeful story of the ordinary yet extraordinary people who have figured out how to build lasting … GET BOOK
Electrify

Electrify [Saul Griffith]

  • Author : Saul Griffith
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 288
  • ISBN-10 : 0262367270
An optimistic--but realistic and feasible--action plan for fighting climate change while creating new jobs and a healthier environment: electrify everythin … GET BOOK
Selfie

Selfie [Will Storr]

  • Author : Will Storr
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Social Science
  • Total Pages : 416
  • ISBN-10 : 1468315900
“An intriguing odyssey” though the history of the self and the rise of narcissism (The New York Times). Self-absorption, perfectionism, personal brandi … GET BOOK
The Ten Equations That Rule the World

The Ten Equations That Rule the World [David Sumpter]

  • Author : David Sumpter
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Total Pages : 336
  • ISBN-10 : 1250246970
Is there a secret formula for getting rich? For going viral? For deciding how long to stick with your current job, Netflix series, or even relationship? Th … GET BOOK
Insane Mode

Insane Mode [Hamish McKenzie]

  • Author : Hamish McKenzie
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Total Pages : 304
  • ISBN-10 : 1101985976
A USA Today New and Noteworthy Title “You’ll tell me if it ever starts getting genuinely insane, right?”—Elon Musk, TED interview Hamish McKenzie t … GET BOOK
Ideology and International Institutions

Ideology and International Institutions [Erik Voeten]

  • Author : Erik Voeten
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Political Science
  • Total Pages : 224
  • ISBN-10 : 069120733X
A new theoretical framework for understanding how social, economic, and political conflicts influence international institutions and their place in the glo … GET BOOK
The Great Demographic Reversal

The Great Demographic Reversal [Charles Goodhart,Manoj Pradhan]

  • Author : Charles Goodhart,Manoj Pradhan
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Total Pages : 260
  • ISBN-10 : 3030426572
This original and panoramic book proposes that the underlying forces of demography and globalisation will shortly reverse three multi-decade global trends … GET BOOK
Natural Gas

Natural Gas [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 264
  • ISBN-10 : 1119012848
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 coa … GET BOOK
Still the Iron Age

Still the Iron Age [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Total Pages : 280
  • ISBN-10 : 0128042354
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 … GET BOOK
History 4° Celsius

History 4° Celsius [Ian Baucom]

  • Author : Ian Baucom
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Total Pages : 150
  • ISBN-10 : 147801203X
In History 4° Celsius Ian Baucom continues his inquiries into the place of the Black Atlantic in the making of the modern and postmodern world. Putting bl … GET BOOK
Global Catastrophes and Trends

Global Catastrophes and Trends [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 320
  • ISBN-10 : 0262291622
A wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at global changes that may occur over the next fifty years—whether sudden and cataclysmic world-changing events or … GET BOOK
Population and Development

Population and Development [Tim Dyson]

  • Author : Tim Dyson
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Social Science
  • Total Pages : 286
  • ISBN-10 : 1848139128
The demographic transition and its related effects of population growth, fertility decline and ageing populations are fraught with controversy. When discus … GET BOOK
The Last Warrior

The Last Warrior [Andrew F Krepinevich,Barry D Watts]

  • Author : Andrew F Krepinevich,Barry D Watts
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: History
  • Total Pages : 344
  • ISBN-10 : 0465080715
Andrew Marshall is a Pentagon legend. For more than four decades he has served as Director of the Office of Net Assessment, the Pentagon's internal think t … GET BOOK
Storytelling with Data

Storytelling with Data [Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic]

  • Author : Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Total Pages : 288
  • ISBN-10 : 1119002265
Don't simply show your data—tell a story with it! Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effect … GET BOOK
Future War and the Defence of Europe

Future War and the Defence of Europe [John R. Allen,Frederick Ben Hodges,Julian Lindley-French]

  • Author : John R. Allen,Frederick Ben Hodges,Julian Lindley-French
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Political Science
  • Total Pages : 328
  • ISBN-10 : 0192597868
Future War and the Defence of Europe offers a major new analysis of how peace and security can be maintained in Europe: a continent that has suffered two c … GET BOOK
Sophie's World

Sophie's World [Jostein Gaarder]

  • Author : Jostein Gaarder
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Fiction
  • Total Pages : 544
  • ISBN-10 : 1466804270
One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is en … GET BOOK
The Mutant Project

The Mutant Project [Kirksey, Eben]

  • Author : Kirksey, Eben
  • Publisher : Policy Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Social Science
  • Total Pages : 304
  • ISBN-10 : 152921730X
Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2021 An anthropologist visits the frontiers of genetics, medicine, and technology to ask: whose values are guiding … GET BOOK
Drawdown

Drawdown [Paul Hawken]

  • Author : Paul Hawken
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 256
  • ISBN-10 : 1524704652
• New York Times bestseller • The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and poli … GET BOOK
Blockchain Chicken Farm

Blockchain Chicken Farm [Xiaowei Wang]

  • Author : Xiaowei Wang
  • Publisher : FSG Originals
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Social Science
  • Total Pages : 256
  • ISBN-10 : 0374721254
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "A brilliant and empathetic guide to the far corners of global capitalism." --Jenny Odell, author of How to Do … GET BOOK
China's Past, China's Future

China's Past, China's Future [Vaclav Smil]

  • Author : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: History
  • Total Pages : 256
  • ISBN-10 : 1134377681
China has a population of 1.3 billion people which puts strain on her natural resources. This volume, by one of the leading scholars on the earth's biosphe … GET BOOK
The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann

The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann [Ananyo Bhattacharya]

  • Author : Ananyo Bhattacharya
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Total Pages : 368
  • ISBN-10 : 1324004002
An electrifying biography of one of the most extraordinary scientists of the twentieth century and the world he made. The smartphones in our pockets and co … GET BOOK
The End of Trauma

The End of Trauma [George A. Bonanno]

  • Author : George A. Bonanno
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Psychology
  • Total Pages : 336
  • ISBN-10 : 1541674375
A top expert on human trauma argues that we vastly overestimate how common PTSD is and fail to recognize how resilient people really are After 9/11, mental … GET BOOK
Phosphorus

Phosphorus [Jim Elser,Phil Haygarth]

  • Author : Jim Elser,Phil Haygarth
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 320
  • ISBN-10 : 0197545319
Phosphorus is essential to the production of our food, and it also triggers algal blooms in lakes, rivers, and oceans when it slips through our hands. An u … GET BOOK
The Oracle of Night

The Oracle of Night [Sidarta Ribeiro,Daniel Hahn]

  • Author : Sidarta Ribeiro,Daniel Hahn
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 480
  • ISBN-10 : 1524746916
A groundbreaking history of the human mind told through our experience of dreams—from the earliest accounts to current scientific findings—and their es … GET BOOK
The Next Fifty Years

The Next Fifty Years [John Brockman]

  • Author : John Brockman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Science
  • Total Pages : 320
  • ISBN-10 : 0307429075
A brilliant ensemble of the world’s most visionary scientists provides twenty-five original never-before-published essays about the advances in science a … GET BOOK
Windfall

Windfall [Meghan L. O'Sullivan]

  • Author : Meghan L. O'Sullivan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Political Science
  • Total Pages : 496
  • ISBN-10 : 150110795X
Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest, asserting that the new energy abundance—due to oil a … GET BOOK
American Psycho

American Psycho [Bret Easton Ellis]

  • Author : Bret Easton Ellis
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Fiction
  • Total Pages : 400
  • ISBN-10 : 1447277716
A cult classic, adapted into a film starring Christian Bale. Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, … GET BOOK
The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles [P.D. James]

  • Author : P.D. James
  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Bibles
  • Total Pages : 96
  • ISBN-10 : 0857861077
Acts is the sequel to Luke's gospel and tells the story of Jesus's followers during the 30 years after his death. It describes how the 12 apostles, formerl … GET BOOK
Mitigating Climate Change

Mitigating Climate Change [David S.-K. Ting,Ahmad Vasel-Be-Hagh]

  • Author : David S.-K. Ting,Ahmad Vasel-Be-Hagh
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Total Pages : 233
  • ISBN-10 : 3030921484
This book includes the proceedings of the Mitigating Climate Change 2021 Symposium and Industry Summit (MCC2021), which brings together research from exper … GET BOOK