Book ‘How the World Really Works’ by Vaclav Smil

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The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going
“The renowned energy scientist … aims to [recenter] materials rather than electronic flows of data as the bedrock of modern life — largely through examining what he calls the four pillars of modern civilization: cement, steel, plastics and ammonia.” — David Marchese. An essential analysis of the modern science and technology that makes our twenty-first century lives possible — a scientist's investigation into what science really does, and does not, accomplish. We have never had so much information at our fingertips and yet most of us don’t know how the world really works. This book explains seven of the most fundamental realities governing our survival and prosperity. From energy and food production...
Publisher: Viking (May 10, 2022)  Pages: 336 pages  ISBN-10: 0593297067  ISBN-13: 978-0593297063  ASIN:‎ B09CDB69WT

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About the author: Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of over forty books on topics including energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. No other living scientist has had more books (on a wide variety of topics) reviewed in Nature. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, in 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.