David Mytton

Book Review (5/5) – Energy: A Beginner’s Guide (Vaclav Smil)

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Originally published on Goodreads.

I found this to be a good introduction to the concept of “energy” and the historical changes of how energy is used in society. A large part of the book is dedicated to that history and the biological processes that involve energy. Only a small part considers how we might move away from fossil-fuel based sources of energy and what the future of energy will be. 

It’s not supposed be in depth in any area so whilst I would have liked more on that topic, there are plenty of other books which can provide in-depth discussions of areas of particular interest surfaced by this book. Indeed, the end of the book has a very nice, short bibliography of further reading specific to each chapter.