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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

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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
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780241454404
Stock Available
Status In-stock at supplier; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Viking
Released 1 Feb 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Smil, Vaclav
Category Globalization
Conspiracy Theories
World History
History Of Science
Popular Science
Management Of Land & Natural Resources
Global Warming
Materials Science
Agricultural Science
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 24mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 409g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly