2nd Edition

Energy and Society An Introduction, Second Edition

By Harold H. Schobert Copyright 2014
    720 Pages 386 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    720 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Energy and Society: An Introduction, Second Edition provides readers with a detailed introduction to energy sources and energy utilization. This book presents an overview of alternative energy issues and technologies, discusses the pros and cons of various energy sources, and explores their impacts on society and the environment.

    What’s New in the Second Edition:

    This second edition offers simple updates, as well as completely rewritten material, regarding the last decade in areas including global climate change, oil prices, renewable and alternative fuels, and diversion of civil nuclear energy programs into nuclear weapons proliferation. It covers the development of energy technology from the time of early humans through antiquity, medieval times, and the Industrial Revolution. It also addresses the development of nuclear energy, energy supply and demand, geopolitics of energy, and the various environmental issues associated with energy use.

    •  Keeps mathematics to a minimum, making the book usable for a variety of academic majors
    •  Includes up-to-date coverage of all new energy sources
    •  Traces the development and utilization of energy throughout history

    Energy and Society: An Introduction, Second Edition can benefit undergraduate students taking a survey course in engineering, as well as professionals in the energy supply, energy planning, or environmental industry.


    Energy, Work, And Power

    Human Energy

    The Energy Balance



    Combustion For Home Comfort


    Wind Energy

    The Steam Engine

    Heat And Thermal Efficiency

    Introduction To Electricity

    How Electricity Is Generated

    Impacts Of Electricity On Society

    Electricity From Falling Water

    Electricity From Steam

    Energy For Transportation

    Petroleum And Its Products


    The Impact Of The Automobile

    Jet Engines And Jet Fuel

    Diesel Engines And Diesel Fuel

    Atomic Energy

    Nuclear Power Plants

    The Nuclear Controversy

    Energy And The Environment

    Acid Rain

    Vehicle Emissions And Emissionless Vehicles

    Global Climate Change

    Fossil Energy: Reserves, Resources, And Geopolitics

    Renewable Energy From Biomass

    Electricity From Wind

    Energy From The Sun

    Nuclear Fusion: Bringing The Sun To Earth


    Harold Schobert is professor emeritus of fuel science at Penn State University (University Park, PA) and extraordinary professor of natural sciences in the Coal Research Section at North-West University (Potchefstroom, South Africa). Professor Schobert is the author of ten other books and about 140 papers. His work has been recognized by his election as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He has received the Henry H. Storch award for lifetime excellence in fuel chemistry, as well as awards from Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences for excellence in teaching and in research, and an award from the Golden Key Honor Society as Penn State's outstanding faculty member.

    "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