The Roots of Progress

Energy: A Human History

Richard Rhodes

A history of the industrial use of energy, beginning with the rise of coal mining in 1600s England. I’m still in the middle of this book and will update this entry when finished, but for now I’m liking it a lot. The story is told concisely and is therefore powerful, and the author describes problems and solutions more consistently and clearly than most.

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