Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil

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Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil

Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil By David Goodstein Out of Gas The End of the Age of Oil Our rate of oil discovery has reached its peak and will never be exceeded rather it is certain to decline perhaps rapidly forever forward Meanwhile over the past century we have developed lifestyle

  • Title: Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil
  • Author: David Goodstein
  • ISBN: 9780393326475
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil By David Goodstein Our rate of oil discovery has reached its peak and will never be exceeded rather, it is certain to decline perhaps rapidly forever forward Meanwhile, over the past century, we have developed lifestyles firmly rooted in the promise of an endless, cheap supply In this book, David Goodstein, professor of physics at Caltech, explains the underlying scientific principles ofOur rate of oil discovery has reached its peak and will never be exceeded rather, it is certain to decline perhaps rapidly forever forward Meanwhile, over the past century, we have developed lifestyles firmly rooted in the promise of an endless, cheap supply In this book, David Goodstein, professor of physics at Caltech, explains the underlying scientific principles of the inevitable fossil fuel shortage we face He outlines the drastic effects a fossil fuel shortage will bring down on us And he shows that there is an important silver lining to the need to switch to other sources of energy, for when we have burned up all the available oil, the earth s climate will have moved toward a truly life threatening state With its easy to grasp explanations of the science behind every aspect of our most urgent environmental policy decisions, Out of Gas is a handbook for the future of civilization.
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    1. Zora on said:

      The condensed version of the isuue, at 123 pages of actual content More optimistic than I am, but not goofily so He thinks that we can solve the problems of nuclear power, while I think we must go to nuclear power but accept that there will be a Chernobyl per year worldwide, and we just have to suck it up and live with the risk He has hope people will act before it is too late, while I d say ha to that Otherwise matches what I have read elsewhere You know what this would be great for A senior hi [...]

    2. Itai on said:

      This slim volume 131 pp contains some interesting science background, but is poorly organized The author s claim is that all energy except for wave power is nuclear, either from the sun or from the Earth s core and that we will soon change our collective tune about nuclear power plants this, despite that he admits that uranium supplies are also finite Didn t he have an editor at W.W Norton

    3. Kevin on said:

      I thought this was interesting I already knew about Hubbert s peak theory, so this may have been preaching to the choir, but it s also hard to expect a book published in 2004 to have any new information for 2013 Also a brief course on heat engines and thermodynamics Only 123 pages, and there are probably worse things one could be reading.

    4. Jason on said:

      This is the shortest, most concise and easy to read book for anyone not familiar with the topic of oil, peak oil or energy Its easy to understand description of difficult concepts makes it a great tool Straight forward The way it is Read it.

    5. John Kirk on said:

      I m concerned about oil dependency it s a limited resource, and the faster we consume it the sooner we ll run out So, I m keen on encouraging alternatives e.g cycling so that we can eke out our supply for a bit longer we also need to plan ahead for when it s all gone I expected this book to cover those topics in detail, but it only touched on them briefly.Instead, this is similar to The Science of Discworld it covers a lot of history of science Some of it was familiar to me from A level Physics [...]

    6. Ryan on said:

      A great, albeit very short overview of Peak Oil from a technical stand point Don t worry it is written for a general non scientific audience, in fact I would say most of the scientific principles of energy, electromagnetism and thermodynamics are basic high school stuff Still, to hear this coming crisis of humanity reaffirmed by a physicist lends the whole idea credence In just a few chapters, the author examines the basics of energy, how combustion engines, electric motors and batteries work, [...]

    7. Julia on said:

      I think I ve just read too much of the green literature, because I m getting very picky, and this wasn t a winner for me It seems like a for the love of sanity, listen to me plea written during George W Bush s first term, before the oil price spike, before An Inconvenient Truth The author is very knowledgeable but doesn t frame his argument particularly well More than 50% of the book is basic science, which is important but which isn t sufficient support for the argument he s trying to make If y [...]

    8. LibraryCin on said:

      2.5 stars We will run out of oil in the near future In this book, Goodstein looks at the history and future of energy and alternatives to keep our lifestyle as is, once the oil is gone I am a bit mixed on this one There were parts that I found interesting, but there were other parts that had a little too much science for me and lost me A lot of it, he explained so that I could understand, but in some places, I just couldn t concentrate enough on what he was saying and my mind would wander I thin [...]

    9. Mark on said:

      I m not sure why this particular title is getting so much attention, given that Rifkin s Hydrogen Economy is better documented and comes to the slightly less insane conclusion that renewables alternative energies are the path to salvation while Goodstein argues that nuclear energy is the only way to prop up our energy regime While I don t agree with his solution, he does undertake a layman s explanation of thermodynamic principles that should be of utmost importance to us all But again, I think [...]

    10. Ryan Underwood on said:

      I found this book very interesting as it sends out a very true and worrying warning That without change our day to day lifestyle can not be sustained I also enjoyed its clear descriptions of key physics theory s for example the law of thermodynamics, and also the range of possibilities for the future Overall this is definitely something i can recommend especially for a A level student.

    11. Kev on said:

      If you know nothing about peak oil or the reality hitting us in the face of 4 dollar gal gas and rising due to global demand driven oil scarcity and its prevasively chronic geo political problems then read this Dr Goodstein is a physicist at Caltech and former Vice Provost of the institution He knows what he is talking about.

    12. James Axtell on said:

      Goodstein outlines the implications for reaching Peak Oil i.e where ever increasing demand is not met by historically ever increasing but from now on diminishing supply This is the point at which lifestyle choices on fuel consumption change forever What will those uncomfortable about this do about it

    13. Jef on said:

      whether it s completely valid or not, this little volume is a good reminder of the damage we ve already done to the planet, and projects dim prospects for the future, unless we do something soon fact or fiction, it s food for thought.

    14. Mohannad on said:

      The entire book revolves around the Hubbert Peak Theory, a theory which has no merit when used to analyze oil production on a global scale Another attempt for oil pessimist to make us believe that oil will deplete in 10 days Not recommended.

    15. Claire S on said:

      Not universally agreed to, topic is crucial, and so interesting

    16. Lindsay on said:

      Interesting Recommended by my college age daughter as an eye opener.

    17. Jim on said:

      Great short book on the impending oil crisis, how oil is formed, and potential alternative energy sources.

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