|Michael E. Webber.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||294 / 2019|
The story of how societies develop can be told largely in terms of how they manage energy sources, argues professor and engineer Michael Webber; the water wheel reshaped what we eat, the steam engine remapped civilizations, electricity rebuilt the city, and oil rewrote the rules of war. One lesson is clear: energy can break societies as easily as it makes them. Our hunger for more and cheaper energy has pushed us to the edge of a global crisis, but here Webber offers wisdom for addressing this urgent, complex, yet solvable situation.
"Fun facts, personal anecdotes, rigorous scientific data, and good advice…. Full of surprises about the way energy is hidden right in front of us, embedded in every object and issue." - Betty Sue Flowers