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Energy: The Basics

1st Edition

By Harold Schobert


214 pages

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People rarely stop to think about where the energy they use to power their everyday lives comes from and when they do it is often to ask a worried question: is mankind’s energy usage killing the planet? How do we deal with nuclear waste? What happens when the oil runs out? Energy: The Basics answers these questions but it also does much more. In this engaging yet even-handed introduction, readers are introduced to:

  • the concept of ‘energy’ and what it really means
  • the ways energy is currently generated and the sources used
  • new and emerging energy technologies such as solar power and biofuels
  • the impacts of energy use on the environment including climate change

Featuring explanatory diagrams, tables, a glossary and an extensive further reading list, this book is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in the impact and future of the world’s energy supply.


"This 200-page primer is evenhanded and level-headed, and just right for what is intended: providing access to fundamentals without presumption, pretense, or prescription.Summing Up: Recommended." - L. W. Fine, CHOICE, Columbia University

Table of Contents

1. Energy Concepts 2. Petroleum 3. Electricity 4. Coal 5. Nuclear 6. Biofuels 7. Wind and Water 8. Solar 9. Energy and the Environment Glossary Further Reading

About the Author

Harold Schobert is Professor Emeritus of Fuel Science in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University, and Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at North-West University.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Fossil Fuels