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              Books by Vaclav Smil

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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 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $40.00
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                1 Feb 22

              We have never had so much information at our fingertips, and yet until recently we lived our hermetically-sealed lives at a distance from the complex realities of the physical world. But crises strip away the covers of obfuscation and misdirection to reveal truths. Any ideas of h...uman supremacy were dashed by Covid-19; it was a stark reminder of our limited grasp on reality. If we are to successfully navigate our uncertain future, understanding the inner workings of our modern world is vital. Professor Vaclav Smil is not a pessimist or an optimist, he is a scientist. Championing a rational fact-based approach - and on topics ranging from food production and nutrition, through energy and the environment, to globalization and the future - Smil shows, for example, how our food is inexorably linked to the massive combustion of fossil fuels, that globalization is much older than you think (but not inevitable), and why from horse riding to solar flares we consistently miscalculate risk. Tackling sources of misinformation head on - from Yuval Noah Harari to Gwyneth Paltrow - he addresses the most consequential of all contemporary questions: are we irrevocably doomed or is a brighter utopia ahead? He explains faults with both extremes. Compelling, data-rich and revisionist, How the World Really Works draws on half a century of Smil's own research and distils the ideas of his over forty books into one peerlessly authoritative yet accessible masterpiece.
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              ISBN 9780241454404
              Released NZ 1 Feb 2022
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Numbers Don't Lie: 71 Things You Need to Know About the World

              Numbers Don't Lie: 71 Things You Need to Know About the World (Paperback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

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              'There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil' Bill Gates Is flying dangerous? How much do the world's cows weigh? And what makes people happy? From earth's nations and inhabitants, through the fuels and foods that energize them, to the transportation an...d inventions of our modern world - and how all of this affects the planet itself - in Numbers Don't Lie, Professor Vaclav Smil takes us on a fact-finding adventure, using surprising statistics and illuminating graphs to challenge lazy thinking. Packed with 'Well-I-never-knew-that' information and with fascinating and unusual examples throughout, we find out how many people it took to build the Great Pyramid, that vaccination yields the best return on investment, and why electric cars aren't as great as we think (yet). There's a wonderful mix of science, history and wit, all in bite-sized chapters on a broad range of topics. Urgent and essential, Numbers Don't Lie inspires readers to interrogate what they take to be true in these significant times. Smil is on a mission to make facts matter, because after all, numbers may not lie, but which truth do they convey? 'He is rigorously numeric, using data to illuminate every topic he writes about. The word polymath was invented to describe people like him' Bill Gates 'Important' Mark Zuckerberg, on Energy 'One of the world's foremost thinkers on development history and a master of statistical analysis . . . The nerd's nerd' Guardian 'There is perhaps no other academic who paints pictures with numbers like Smil' Guardian 'He's a slayer of bullshit' David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics & Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
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              ISBN 9780241989692
              Released NZ 2 Jul 2021
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
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              China's Past, China's Future
               

              China's Past, China's Future (Paperback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $102.00
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              China's population of 1.3 billion people puts strain on her natural resources. This account of the environmental challenges that China faces examines China's energy resources, their uses, impacts and prospects, from the 1970s oil crisis to the present and analyses the question of... how China can best produce enough food to feed its population.
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              ISBN 9780415314992
              Released NZ 6 Nov 2003
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship
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              Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century

              Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century (Paperback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $61.99
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              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 coals.

              ISBN 9781119012863
              Released NZ 18 Sep 2015
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
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              The Biofuel Delusion: The Fallacy of Large Scale Agro-Biofuels Production
               

              The Biofuel Delusion: The Fallacy of Large Scale Agro-Biofuels Production (Hardback)

              By Giampietro, Mario; Mayumi, Kozo; Ravetz, Jerome; Foreword by Smil, Vaclav

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              Faced with the twin threats of peak oil and climate change, many governments have turned for an answer to the apparent panacea of biofuels. This book shows that the characteristics of agro-biofuels make them neither a viable nor a desirable alternative to fossil fuels. It is suit...able for those concerned with energy or agricultural policy.
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              ISBN 9781844076819
              Released NZ 21 Aug 2009
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              China's Environmental Crisis: An Enquiry into the Limits of National Development: An Enquiry into the Limits of National Development
               

              China's Environmental Crisis: An Enquiry into the Limits of National Development: An Enquiry into the Limits of National Development (Hardback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $329.00
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              In 1982, Vaclav Smil turned upside down traditional perceptions of China as a green paradise in The Bad Earth . Updating and expanding its basic arguments and perceptions, this volume is an inquiry into the fundamental factors, needs, prospects, and limits of modern Chinese socie...ty.
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              ISBN 9780873328197
              Released NZ 6 May 1993
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
              Interest Age 18+ years
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              Global Ecology: Environmental Change and Social Flexibility
               

              Global Ecology: Environmental Change and Social Flexibility (Paperback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $118.00
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              Analyzing both social and environmental needs, this explores the problems associated with global management in the transition to a sustainable society and furthers our understanding of biospheric change.

              ISBN 9780415098861
              Released NZ 21 Oct 1993
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Oil
               

              Oil (Audio disc / Other, Unabridged edition)

              By Smil, Vaclav; Read by Meldrum, Robert; Producer Nguyen, Yen

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              Packed with fascinating facts and insight, this book will fuel dinner party debate, and provide readers with the science and politics behind the world's most controversial resource. Without oil, there would be no globalisation, no plastic, little transport, and a global political... landscape that few would recognise. It is the lifeblood of the modern world, and humanity's dependence upon it looks set to continue for decades to come. In this captivating book, Vaclav Smil explains all matters related to 'black gold', from its discovery in the earth, right through to the political maelstrom that surrounds it today.
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              ISBN 9781743105115
              Published NZ 1 May 2012
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Bolinda Beginner Guides
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              Energy
               

              Energy (Audio disc / Other, Unabridged edition)

              By Smil, Vaclav; Read by Ferguson, Dave; Producer Nguyen, Yen

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              In this user-friendly and informative audiobook, prolific author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction to this far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society. Starting with an explanation of the concep...t, he goes on to cover such exciting topics as the inner workings of the human body, and the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels. Whether you're after insight or dinner table conversation, Energy will amaze and inform, uncovering the science behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.
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              ISBN 9781743104798
              Published NZ 1 Mar 2012
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Bolinda Beginner Guides
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              Energy and Civilization: A History

              Energy and Civilization: A History (Hardback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $125.00
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              Revised edition of: Energy in world history / Vaclav Smil. 1994.

              ISBN 9780262035774
              Released NZ 15 Apr 2017
              Publisher MIT Press Ltd
              Interest Age 18+ years
              Series The MIT Press
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