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How the World Really Works: A Scientist's Guide to Our Past, Present and Future

How the World Really Works: A Scientist's Guide to Our Past, Present and Future (Hardback)

By Smil, Vaclav

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We have never had so much information at our fingertips and yet most of us simply don't understand how our world really works. Professor Vaclav Smil is not a pessimist or an optimist, he is a scientist, and this book is a much-needed reality check on topics ranging from food prod...uction and nutrition, through energy and the environment, to globalization and the future. For example, the carbon footprint of meat is well-known, but did you know that the equivalent of five tablespoons of diesel fuel goes into the production of each greenhouse-grown medium-size supermarket-bought tomato? The gap between belief and reality is vast. Drawing on the latest science, tackling sources of misinformation head on and championing a rational fact-based approach, in How the World Really Works Smil shows, for example, why the planet isn't 'suffocating' (even burning all the planet's fossil fuels would reduce oxygen levels by just 0.25 per cent) and that globalization isn't 'inevitable' and nor should it be (the stupidity of allowing 70 per cent of the world's rubber gloves to be made in just one factory became glaringly obvious in 2020). Ultimately Smil answers the most profound question of our age: are we irrevocably doomed or is a brighter utopia ahead? Compelling, data-rich and revisionist, this wonderfully broad interdisciplinary masterpiece finds faults with both extremes. Looking at the world through this quantitative lens reveals hidden truths that change the way we see our past, present and uncertain future.
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ISBN 9780241454398
Released NZ 27 Jan 2022
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241454398
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Viking
Released 27 Jan 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Smil, Vaclav
Category Globalization
Conspiracy Theories
Hoaxes & Deceptions
World History
Probability & Statistics
History Of Science
Popular Science
Global Warming
Materials Science
Agricultural Science
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code 502
Weight 555g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Science - Miscellanea, Earth Planet, World history
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly