What makes the modern world work? The answer to this deceptively simple question lies in four “grand transitions” of civilization – in populations, agriculture, energy, and economics – which have transformed the way we live. We have never had so much information at our fingertips and yet most of us don’t know how the world…
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Smil, V. 1976. China’s Energy: Achievements, Problems, Prospects. New York: Praeger Publishers, xxi + 246 pp.
Smil, V. and W.E. Knowland, eds. 1980. Energy in the Developing World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 386 pp.
Smil, V., P. Nachman and T.V. Long, II. 1982. Energy Analysis in Agriculture An Application to U.S. Corn Production. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, Boulder, xvi + 191 pp.
Smil, V. 1983. Biomass Energies: Resources, Links, Constraints. New York: Plenum Press, xxi + 453 pp.
Smil, V. 1984. The Bad Earth: Environmental Degradation in China. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, xvi + 245 pp.
Smil, V. 1985. Carbon Nitrogen Sulfur: Human Interference in Grand Biospheric Cycles. New York: Plenum Press, xv + 459 pp.
Smil, V. 1987. Energy Food Environment: Realities Myths Options. Oxford: Oxford University Press, ix + 361 pp.
Smil, V. 1988. Energy in China’s Modernization. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, xiv + 250 pp.