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Energy and Society
An Introduction, Second Edition

ISBN 9781138422988
Published July 27, 2017 by CRC Press

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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