On Monday 29th June at 6.30pm, David Mackay will be talking about his book, Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air. He will be in conversation with Chris Goodall. Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyses the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale - for Europe, the United States, and the world. In case study format, this informative work answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, the potential of sustainable fossil fuels, and the possibilities of sharing renewable power with foreign countries. Hailed as a 'game-changer' and written from a 'pro-arithmetic' point of view rather than with any specific bias in mind, David Mackay reframes our understanding of power consumption and production - from the mobile phone-charger to the nuclear power station - by expressing it in a single unit of measurement: kilowatt-hours per day (k/Wh/d). "Energy policy is crucial for the world, and a wide public should be engaged in debate and decisions on these issues. But such debate must be grounded in realistic numbers and good physics. All the key principles are clearly and accessibly explained in this book. David MacKay has performed a great service by writing it." - Prof Martin Rees FRS, President of the Royal Society. (oxygen_142)
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