Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Endorsements from scientists

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
So much has been written about meeting future energy needs that it hardly seems possible to add anything useful, but David MacKay has managed it. His new book is a delight to read and will appeal especially to practical people who want to understand what is important in energy and what is not. Like Lord Kelvin before him, Professor MacKay realises that in many fields, and certainly in energy, unless you can quantify something you can never properly understand it. As a result, his fascinating book is also a mine of quantitative information for those of us who sometimes talk to our friends about how we supply and use energy, now and in the future. Dr Derek Pooley CBE,
former Chief Scientist at the UK Department of Energy, Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Member of the European Union Advisory Group on Energy
Fascinating, provocative, and realistic, this book lives up to its name and gives us the tools for straight thinking about climate change. Sir John Sulston FRS
Nobel laureate
Chair, Institute of Science, Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester
"Sustainable Energy" is great fun to read. I couldn't lay it down for hours. It's written in an irreverent style and leavened with hundreds of clever and beautiful cartoons, graphs, and photos. But the author is dead serious. ... If only enough people would read his book, and read it soon, that would already be a valuable first step towards salvation. Wolfgang Rindler
Professor of Physics,
University of Texas at Dallas
The choices that we make (or fail to make) in the coming years about sustainable energy will determine what world future generations will inherit. How do we arrive at rational decisions? In his book, David MacKay does not tell us what to choose but how to. He shows that choosing between different energy options should never be a matter of whom you believe: basic arithmetic is all it takes to distinguish between viable strategies and pipedreams. Understanding our options is one thing. Acting upon this information is another. Therefore, anybody who feels responsible for the future of our society should read this book. Prof Daan Frenkel ForMemRS
The climate is changing, and scientists are clear about why this is so. This remarkable book from an expert in the energy field sets out, with enormous clarity and objectivity, the various alternative low-carbon pathways that are open to us. Policy makers, researchers, private sector decision makers, and NGOs, all will benefit from these words of wisdom. Sir David King FRS
Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, 2000-08
The need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and to find sustainable sources of energy is desperate. But much of the discussion has not been based on data on how energy is consumed and how it is produced. This book fills that need in an accessible form, and a copy should be in every household. Prof Robert Hinde CBE FRS FBA
Executive Committee, Pugwash UK
We face a major problem of energy supply over the next few decades and we need radical solutions which start now. Here is a great source book of ideas and pointers to ways forward, leavened by humour and personal anecdotes. Bob White FRS
Professor of Geophysics
Conversations, newspapers and committees often make me wonder "Is it only physicists who care about how important or how big some issue is?". Here are the numbers, in a form easy to digest, about energy use and availability. A fantastic achievement. Prof. Volker Heine FRS
David MacKay's beautifully written book will help both general readers and scientists come to terms with what has to be done. John Peacock FRS
University of Edinburgh

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