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  • Given the potential disruption of climate change, understanding energy issues and technologies is more important than ever if societies are to make informed choices on policy. Now in its third edition, Introduction to Energy explores the crucial issues connected to modern energy technology and its uses. Fully updated to respond to the substantial developments in the energy sector, the book expands on the relationships of energy use and climate change; of energy availability and the alleviation of world poverty; and of energy consumption and the sustainability of the lifestyles of people in the industrialized world. Directed at a broad readership, it assumes no prior technical expertise and avoids complex mathematical formulations, continuing to provide a standard for introductory energy courses. It is also a useful supplementary text for programs in public policy, business law and resource economics.

    • Uses a non-technical approach to modern energy technology, allowing students without a major science or engineering background to study and appreciate energy technology
    • Raises philosophical issues connected to energy by showing how concepts of justice and social equity are tied to technology and resources
    • Allows readers to see the impacts of energy issues on societies globally by showing connections between energy and society
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    • Winner, 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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    Review of previous edition: '… serves as an excellent introduction to energy … well written and directed at a broad readership. It provides valuable assessments of a variety of energy-related issues. Above all, the book is readable by the technical and nontechnical person.' Energy Sources

    Review of previous edition: '… an extremely useful book for virtually anyone who wishes to develop a working knowledge of energy, from the various ways it is produced, to the social, environmental and economic implications associated with its production and consumption.' Palaios

    Review of previous edition: '… more than achieves its aims as a multi-disciplinary textbook for a range of undergraduate students.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'Cassedy and Grossman's Introduction to Energy is a fascinating and eminently readable account of the sources of energy available to our society and a dispassionate accounting of the costs and benefits of each energy source. In this updated 3rd edition, the authors hit all the right notes, and cover important developments in renewables as well as nuclear and fossil fuels since the 2nd edition was published. New sections are crisply and clearly written; of special note are the sections on solar, wind, and the German energiewende (energy transition) in the final chapter. This book should be read by students and policymakers who wish to be able to think critically about the energy issues confronting our global society in the 21st century.' Louis Schwartzkopf, Minnesota State University

    'This updated edition of the classic text by Cassedy and Grossman is essential reading for understanding the modern energy landscape in all its economic, technological, and political dimensions. It covers virtually everything, from the basics of energy supply and demand, to the changing aspects of transportation fuels and power generation, to the prospects for a transition toward renewable energy sources. This new edition offers fresh and insightful discussions of contemporary developments and concerns relating to peak oil, fracking, next generation nuclear reactors, solar and wind, energy poverty, the resource curse, the smart grid, and climate change. Introduction to Energy should become a staple of any college curriculum on the subject.' Tyler Priest, University of Iowa

    'Energy spans disciplines from physics to engineering to biology to economics and public policy. The topic can overwhelm a beginning student. Introduction to Energy by Cassedy and Grossman gives beginners just what they need to get started. The authors take us from the timeless principles of science to - in this latest edition - such timely topics as climate change and energy transitions. This book is a classic introduction to energy, once again intelligently updated for today's students.' Michael Giberson, Texas Tech University

    'Now in its third edition, Introduction to Energy is a truly impressive book. Cassedy and Grossman integrate and leverage their respective engineering and economics expertise with great effectiveness. The result is a work that will inform experts and non-experts alike. It is also an example of what a true interdisciplinary effort can accomplish. Not least of which are integrated policy implications and potential prescriptions that do not work at cross purposes. In accomplishing this the authors do us a great service - one that leads to the avoidance of unintended and negative policy consequences.' Jim Granato, University of Houston

    'The late Edward S. Cassedy was an electrical engineering professor at Brooklyn Poly, while Peter Z. Grossman is a former science journalist and professor of economics at Butler University in Indiana. As one might expect then, the economic treatment of energy issues is the strength of the book. … The book not only doesn't take sides, but routinely points out internal contradictions and internal conflicts inherent in many energy positions, which are often ignored by the media. … the book may be one of the best on its subject, as well as one of the most refreshingly honest and unbiased around. Not only will a reader gain a lot of insight, and a lot of good evidence for their next cocktail party discussion on energy, but this book could readily form the basis for an excellent course on energy, societal issues, and public policy matters. It is a worthwhile read.' Robert W. Avakian, The Leading Edge

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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108515795
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Energy Resources and Technology:
    1. Introduction
    2. Energy resources
    3. Conventional conversion of energy
    4. The demand for energy
    5. Global perspectives
    Part II. Power Generation: The Technology and its Effects:
    6. Fossil fuels: impacts and technology
    7. Nuclear fission technology
    8. The nuclear fuel cycle, weapons proliferation and nuclear power: the next generation
    9. The economics of electric power
    Part III. Energy Technology and the Future:
    10. Alternative technologies
    11. Energy transition
    Appendix A. Scientific principles
    Appendix B. Establishing criteria for safety and health standards
    Appendix C. Synopses of new technologies
    Index.

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    Edward S. Cassedy, Polytechnic University, New York
    Edward S. Cassedy is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic University, New York. As well as the previous editions of this book, he is also the author of Prospects for Sustainable Energy: A Critical Assessment (Cambridge, 2000).

    Peter Z. Grossman, Butler University, Indiana
    Peter Z. Grossman is a Professor of Economics at Butler University, Indiana. He has published more than two hundred works, including an analytic history of American energy policy, US Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure (Cambridge, 2013), which was endorsed by Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling. He is also principal author of The End of a Natural Monopoly: Deregulation and Competition in the Electric Power Industry (2003). His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as Energy Policy, the Cato Journal and the Journal of Public Policy.

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