Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Sustainable Energy - without the hot air
David MacKay portrait
Photo by David Stern

About the author

David MacKay FRS is the Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher, a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Physics at Cambridge in 1995 and was a Professor in the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2013. Since 2005, he has devoted much of his time to public teaching about energy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Nine months after the publication of 'Sustainable Energy - without the hot air', David MacKay was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Sustainable Energy - without the hot air   

About the book

Category: popular science
Author: David JC MacKay FRS
Professor of Natural Philosophy,
Department of Physics,
University of Cambridge
Publisher: UIT
Publication date: 2nd December 2008 (UK)
1st May 2009 (USA)
Available in hardcover and paperback, 380 pages, full colour
ISBN: 9780954452933 / 978-1-906860-01-1

About the "free book" license

This is a free book. I didn't write this book to make money. I wrote it because sustainable energy is important. If you would like to have the book for free for your own use, please help yourself to any of the electronic versions on this website. There's pdf and html versions (thanks to William Sigmund!); we are working on other formats.

This is a free book in a second sense: you are free to use all the material in this book, except for the cartoons and the photos with a named photographer, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales Licence. (The cartoons and photos are excepted because the authors have generally given me permission only to include their work, not to share it under a Creative Commons license.) You are especially welcome to use my materials for educational purposes. This website includes links to separate high-quality files for each of the figures in the book.

A note to pirates, this license does not allow you or anyone to print and sell the book on amazon marketplace! [Further information about pirates, & photographs]

In response to generous readers...

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