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              Books by Vaclav Smil

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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 (Hardback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $48.00
              • $36.00
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              • Pub Date
                1 Oct 20

              '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 and... 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 'In a world of specialized intellectuals, Smil is an ambitious and astonishing polymath who swings for fences . . . They're among the most data-heavy books you'll find, with a remarkable way of framing basic facts' Wired 'Vaclav Smil has led a 30-year career of interdisciplinary contrarianism, writing hundreds of scientific articles and dozens of books attacking sacred cows of Western environmental and geopolitical thought' Foreign Po
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              ISBN 9780241454411
              Released NZ 1 Oct 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities

              Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities (Hardback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $130.00
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              A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.

              ISBN 9780262042833
              Released NZ 24 Sep 2019
              Publisher MIT Press Ltd
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The MIT Press
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              Energy In World History

              Energy In World History (Hardback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $271.00
              • $271.00
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              Every human activity entails the conversion of energy. Changes in the fundamental sources of energy, and in the use of energy sources, are a basic dimension of the evolution of society. Our appreciation of the significance of these processes is essential to a fuller understanding... of world history. Vaclav Smil offers a comprehensive look at the role
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              ISBN 9780367008925
              Released NZ 18 Apr 2019
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              China's Past, China's Future
               

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

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $96.99
              • $96.99
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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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              Global Ecology: Environmental Change and Social Flexibility
               

              Global Ecology: Environmental Change and Social Flexibility (Hardback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $315.00
              • $315.00
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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 9780415098854
              Released NZ 21 Oct 1993
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
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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

              • RRP: $177.00
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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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              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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              Energy and Civilization: A History
               

              Energy and Civilization: A History (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Smil, Vaclav

              • RRP: $42.50
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              Revised edition of: Energy in world history / Vaclav Smil. 1994.

              ISBN 9780262536165
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2018
              Publisher MIT Press Ltd
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The MIT Press
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              Oil
               

              Oil (Audio disc / Other, Unabridged edition)

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

              • RRP: $29.99
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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

              • RRP: $29.99
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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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