It's probably required reading for anyone who is at all interested in how to replace fossil fuels as an energy source.
I like his down to earth style and his rigour. Here's a section of the book as an example.
I like to base my calculations on everyday knowledge rather than on
trawling through impersonal national statistics. For example, if I want
to estimate the typical wind speeds in Cambridge, I ask “is my cycling
speed usually faster than the wind?” The answer is yes. So I can deduce
that the wind speed in Cambridge is only rarely faster than my typical
cycling speed of 20 km/h. I back up these everyday estimates with other
peoples’ calculations and with official statistics. (Please look for these in
each chapter’s end-notes.) This book isn’t intended to be a definitive store
of super-accurate numbers. Rather, it’s intended to illustrate how to use
approximate numbers as a part of constructive consensual conversations.
I hope you'll find it as useful (and belief challenging!) as I did.
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