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3. The age of heat – you can’t get something for nothing

3. The age of heat – you can’t get something for nothing  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0003
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9780199578696
‘The age of heat — you can't get something for nothing’ explores the development of heat engines, from early steam engines up to modern methods of energy generation. Despite being easily ... More
1. From idea to reality

1. From idea to reality  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0001
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9780199578696
‘From idea to reality’ aims to provide a broad definition and brief history of engineering, and outlines the importance of the field in so many aspects of daily life. Engineering can be ... More
6. The age of systems – risky futures

6. The age of systems – risky futures  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0006
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9780199578696
‘The age of systems: risky futures’ outlines the idea of system complexity in modern engineering, and how multilayered systems can lead to knowledge gaps and ultimately risk. Engineers aim ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Nick Jenkins

in Energy Systems: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
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9780191851643
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813927.003.0007
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9780198813927
The Introduction outlines the structure of this VSI, which starts with a review of basic ideas and well-established energy systems before moving on to consider how a future energy system ... More
Energy Systems: A Very Short Introduction

Energy Systems: A Very Short Introduction  

Nick Jenkins

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
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9780191851643
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198813927.001.0001
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book
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9780198813927
Energy Systems: A Very Short Introduction explores our historic exploitation of fossil energy resources and examines the role of renewable energy systems currently available. ... More
8. The need for nuclear power

8. The need for nuclear power  

Maxwell Irvine

in Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777875
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584970.003.0008
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9780199584970
‘The need for nuclear power’ explains how the demand for energy is increasing due to population growth and economic activity and puts forward the case for nuclear power. There is a pressing ... More
4. Nuclear power

4. Nuclear power  

Nick Jenkins

in Energy Systems: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191851643
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198813927.003.0004
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9780198813927
Of all the sources of energy used for electricity generation, nuclear power is the most contentious with strong opinions both favouring and opposing its use. Some well-known ... More
Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction

Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2016
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Apr 2016
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9780191792939
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198725961.001.0001
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9780198725961
Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction explains what farmers do and why they do it. Beginning with the most basic resource, the soil, it shows why it is important, and how ... More
2. Why do we need renewables?

2. Why do we need renewables?  

Nick Jelley

in Renewable Energy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2020
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Mar 2020
eISBN: 
9780191864087
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198825401.003.0002
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9780198825401
‘Why do we need renewables?’ describes the dangers of fossil fuels and explains the importance of renewable energy as an alternative. It shows that the use of fossil fuels causes global ... More
Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Engineering: A Very Short Introduction  

David Blockley

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.001.0001
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book
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9780199578696
Engineering is part of almost everything we do — from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. Engineering: A Very Short ... More
9. The transition to renewables

9. The transition to renewables  

Nick Jelley

in Renewable Energy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2020
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Mar 2020
eISBN: 
9780191864087
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198825401.003.0009
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9780198825401
‘The transition to renewables’ discusses the need for a large-scale transition to renewable energy. This transition is now urgent. We need to respond to the recent International Panel on ... More
6. Farming futures

6. Farming futures  

Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe

in Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2016
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Apr 2016
eISBN: 
9780191792939
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198725961.003.0007
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9780198725961
National governments as well as international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization all have an interest in ... More
Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction  

Maxwell Irvine

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777875
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584970.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199584970
‘Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction’ explains the development of nuclear physics up to the emergence of the nuclear power industry. What part can nuclear power play in meeting global ... More
Renewable Energy: A Very Short Introduction

Renewable Energy: A Very Short Introduction  

Nick Jelley

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2020
Published Online: 
Mar 2020
eISBN: 
9780191864087
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198825401.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198825401
Energy is vital for a good standard of living, and affordable and adequate sources of power that do not cause climate change or pollution are crucial. Renewables can meet the world’s energy ... More

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