Vaclav Smil (2013) Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

Vaclav Smil is a professor at the University of Manitoba and Bill Gates in this review regards Smil as his favourite author! It is praise indeed from one of the world’s richest men and greatest philanthropists.  Gates links his own concern for alleviating poverty to Smil’s remarkable analysis of the material basis of the modern world and the urgent need to view resources as recyclable rather than disposable. Smil’s website is worth a visit.

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