Energy and Society
Taylor & Francis – 2002 – 624 pages
Guides the reader through the various energy sources available to humans and how we implement them. The book is intended for readers who do not have a science and technology background; it serves as an introduction to work, energy and efficiency. Examples range from human's earliest work endeavors such as building pyramids to the inspiration and development of Henry Ford's first automobile up through alternative energy sources. Also, among the many topics covered are: energy, work, and power; combustion for home comfort; the steam engine; how electricity is generated; boilers and heat transfer; cars and their impact; atoms and atomic energy; Three Mile Island and Chernobyl; Acid rain; smog; nuclear fusion; the greenhouse effect; and much, much more.
"Energy and Society guides the reader through humanity's efforts to harness and generate power, for both work and play. Energy and Society provides an excellent introduction for anyone who wants to learn about energy use throughout human history."
—Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Vol 23, June 2003
"Schobert does an excellent job of presenting facts about our past energy use, how it developed, and social issues related to power and energy. I found the many little-known facts presented very interesting, which made reading the book very enjoyable. The way the book was put together made it seem less like a textbook and more like a book written for pleasure reading. … an excellent source for lessons on the development of power and energy, basic power and energy background information …"
—Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, Vol. 40, Summer 2003
Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Energy, Work and Power Chapter 3. Human energy Chapter 4. The Energy Balance Chapter 5. Fire Chapter 6. Firewood Chapter 7. Combustion for Home Comfort Chapter 8. Waterwheels Chapter 9. Wind Energy Chapter 10. The Steam Engine Chapter 11. Heat and Thermal Efficency Chapter 12. An Introduction to Electricity Chapter 13. How Electricty is Generated Chapter 14. Impacts of Electricty on Society Chapter 15. Electricity from Falling Water Chapter 16. Electricty from Steam Chapter 17. Boilers and Heat Transfer Chapter 18. Electricty from Coal Chapter 19. Energy for Transportation Chapter 20. Petroleum and its Products Chapter 21. Gasoline Chapter 22. Cars and Their Impact Chapter 23. Jet Engines and Jet Fuel Chapter 24. Diesel Fuel and Diesel Engines Chapter 25. Atoms and Atomic Energy Chapter 26. Radioactivity, Fission, and Chain Reactions Chapter 27. Nuclear Power Plants Chapter 28. The Nuclear Controversy Chapter 29. Energy and the Environment Chapter 30. Acid Rain Chapter 31. Vehicle Emissions and Emissionless Vehicles Chapter 32. The Greenhouse Effect Chapter 33. Fossil Energy Chapter 34. Renewable Energy from Biomass Chapter 35. Electricity from Wind Chapter 36. Energy from the Sun Chapter 37. Nuclear Fusion