“Energy” Learning Path

Energy is the foundation for life, and it is the foundation of complex societies. Without a constant stream of useful energy, a society collapses into disorder (or what scientists call “entropy”). The discovery of new energy sources has been some of mankind greatest innovations.

This Learning Path is missing a number of key books, because I simply have not had the time to write notes for all the books that I have read. Once you finish reading this Learning Path, I would recommend reading any of the many books written by Vaclav Smil.

I recommend that you read these book summaries in the following order:

  1. “Energy and Civilization: A History” by Vaclav Smil
  2. “Energy Transitions” by Vaclav Smil
  3. “A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations” by Robert Bryce
  4. “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil…” by Daniel Yergin
  5. “Prime Movers of Globalization: The History of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines” by Vaclav Smil
  6. “Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels” by Ian Morris
  7. “Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries” by Kander et al

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