For those of you interested in the history of energy on Earth, check out Vaclav Smil’s book Energy in World History.  You can read it on-line here.

Smil is a professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba. He does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy.

You can explore his other energy publications here.