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Energy and society : an introduction
Schobert, Harold H., 1943-
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New York : Taylor & Francis, [2002]

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viii, 656 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Guides the reader through the various energy sources available to humans and how we implement them. The book is intended for readers who do not have a science and technology background; it serves as an introduction to work, energy and efficiency. Examples range from human's earliest work endeavors such as building pyramids to the inspiration and development of Henry Ford's first automobile up through alternative energy sources. Also, among the many topics covered are: energy, work, and power; combustion for home comfort; the steam engine; how electricity is generated; boilers and heat transfer; cars and their impact; atoms and atomic energy; Three Mile Island and Chernobyl; Acid rain; smog; nuclear fusion; the greenhouse effect; and much, much more.

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In this very useful addition to the energy literature, Schobert (Pennsylvania State Univ.) manages to combine solid technical principles with a style that invites nontechnical readers to dig deeper. Mathematics is avoided, but charts and illustrations offer detailed information and extensive bibliographies follow each section. Although the scope seems too broad, the treatment of each topic is detailed enough to encourage further study. A comprehensive review of energy in one volume is a risky goal, but the author has been teaching this subject long enough to have distilled the most valuable material into logical patterns. The addition of biographical sketches of the most interesting characters in this saga gives life to what is often presented as a dry technical list of achievements. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended at all levels for both content and style. J. C. Comer emeritus, Northern Illinois University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Energy, Work and Power
Chapter 3 Human energy
Chapter 4 The Energy Balance
Chapter 5 Fire
Chapter 6 Firewood
Chapter 7 Combustion for Home Comfort
Chapter 8 Waterwheels
Chapter 9 Wind Energy
Chapter 10 The Steam Engine
Chapter 11 Heat and Thermal Efficency
Chapter 12 An Introduction to Electricity
Chapter 13 How Electricty is Generated
Chapter 14 Impacts of Electricty on Society
Chapter 15 Electricity from Falling Water
Chapter 16 Electricty from Steam
Chapter 17 Boilers and Heat Transfer
Chapter 18 Electricty from Coal
Chapter 19 Energy for Transportation
Chapter 20 Petroleum and its Products
Chapter 21 Gasoline
Chapter 22 Cars and Their Impact
Chapter 23 Jet Engines and Jet Fuel
Chapter 24 Diesel Fuel and Diesel Engines
Chapter 25 Atoms and Atomic Energy
Chapter 26 Radioactivity, Fission, and Chain Reactions
Chapter 27 Nuclear Power Plants
Chapter 28 The Nuclear Controversy
Chapter 29 Energy and the Environment
Chapter 30 Acid Rain
Chapter 31 Vehicle Emissions and Emissionless Vehicles
Chapter 32 The Greenhouse Effect
Chapter 33 Fossil Energy
Chapter 34 Renewable Energy from Biomass
Chapter 35 Electricity from Wind
Chapter 36 Energy from the Sun
Chapter 37 Nuclear Fusion