Laughlin proposes some significant energy storage and recovery technologies based on abysmal ocean floor hyper-pressurized air tank farms and continental shelf saturated brine weirs with turbine pumps all manned by remotely controlled robots. But there is another flaw that I cannot forgive Prof. His talk of effects over geological time is a novel way of demonstrating that we are protecting us and the forms of life with which we are familiar, not the environment. The cause may be over-consumption, aging infrastructure, choke point disruption or bottlenecks at… 2375 Words 10 Pages Fossil Fuels; Alternative Energy Most people today use fossil fuels, but there is a problem that comes with using them. He reflects assuredly on the promise of a new age. These are only a few examples of the barrage of glib and snarky statements and falsehoods the reader is subjected to.
Etiam pulvinar, mi et molestie vestibulum, neque tellus pulvinar massa, vel varius nulla tellus at tortor. So - what I want to say is that the main issue is growth. Boldly, Laughlin predicts no earth-shattering transformations will have taken place. Al Gore and environmental doomsayers will not like this book. Key takeaways: that carbon is indispensable for transport fuels read cars and planes , that price will be the deciding factor, that the magnitude of some sources of energy are much larger than others. Thus, the good news is that we can continue to power our machines via a combination of natural, synthetic, and alternative energy sources.
It doesn't advance his argument in any way and is just a gratuitous falsehood. Electricity has completely transformed our lives and it has the power to do exactly the same thing for the underprivileged. New York: Basic Books, 2011. And one of those alternative fuels is hydrogen. Lastly, I loved seeing how a Nobel Prize winning physicist uses facts, physics, and reason to dissect this extremely complicated, highly interrelated set of problems into a series of solvable pieces. Looking at the future of energy production through the twin lenses of physics and economics was a good mix.
I think, actually I hope he's underestimating potential innovations in various areas, including bio-tech and nano-tech, and even cultural changes, that will make other sources of energy economical. Bass Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. Laughlin also finds promises and pitfalls in solar energy. It's an overview that will really make Prof. The intersection of my interests in the rise and fall of civilizations with the end of the hydrocarbon age primed me to grab this when I saw it in the University bookstore. Maybe he wants us to think for ourselves? Solar power and solar energy are helping to assist many families in reducing their energy bills and more so with commercial businesses. That's a little harder, for it's easier for us to imagine living without airplanes than without cars.
This, he eloquently explains, is how we will rescue ourselves from the disaster that will follow from the last drops of oil, the final puff of gas and the end of the endless bricks of coal. Verdict: A pragmatic, authoritative look into energy alternatives for general readers. While I found this all very interesting, most of the details were over my head! Money and politics,and much of it is based on simple energy and its uses. That is, the costs of energy production that are not paid by energy producers but dumped on society will remain the same in the future. This item powering the future how we will eventually solve the energy crisis and fuel the civilization of by robert b laughlin paperback 1699 only 2 left in stock more on the way ships from and sold by amazoncom. Powering the Future is an objective yet optimistic tour through alternative fuel sources, set in a world where we've burned every last drop of petroleum and every last shovelful of coal.
These are in addition to the already huge investment many countries have made in nuclear energy plants. He says that all of these can pass through walls and irradiate people on the other side and cause biological damage without them knowing about it. He tells us that this shows that economics will always trump all other considerations in people's decisions about the source of energy they choose. Six generations from now, there will still be soccer moms, shopping malls, and business trips. But he misses the main point, the main cause; the flawed economic system. Boldly, Laughlin predicts no earth-shattering transformations will have taken place. Laughlin then accounts for various alternative energies: renewables, nuclear, biomass, etc.
A good look complete with numerical calculations on what the future of our power generation might look like. The basic problem with solar energy is its irregular availability and problems with storage. Exactly why artificial brains are so difficult to make is a matter of debate, but the sixty years of failed attempts makes this debate academic. The author, a professor of physics at Stanford, discusses various possible ways of obtaining and storing energy in the future. In each case Laughlin explores a variety of problems and promises associated with these sources. Not by discovering a magic bullet to slay our energy problems, but through a slew of fascinating technologies, drawing on wind, water, and fire.
If you add the energy equivalents of gas and coal, it's thirty-six minutes. He says they're expensive because they use platinum as a catalyst and platinum is expensive because it's scarce. While politicians dazzle you with a promise of endless supplies of fossil fuel energy, Robert Laughlin lays out a sober outline of powering the future. Breaking this dependency on oil may be the only cure if America is going to solve its problems of obtaining a fossil fuel free energy for the future. The amount of pollution that would be emitted by harvesting new fuels is as devastating as not switching at all Grunwald. The world's current thirst for liquid fuels is being met, although most of us have some experience with what happens when there is a shortage.