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    • June 2007
    • 9780231128872
  • 432 Pages
  • Paperback
  • $44.00


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    • 9780231128865
  • 432 Pages
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    • 9780231502931
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Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-First Century

The Hierarchy of Energy

Howard T. Odum

Howard T. Odum possessed one of the most innovative minds of the twentieth century. He pioneered the fields of ecological engineering, ecological economics, and environmental accounting, working throughout his life to better understand the interrelationships of energy, environment, and society and their importance to the well-being of humanity and the planet.

This volume is a major modernization of Odum's classic work on the significance of power and its role in society, bringing his approach and insight to a whole new generation of students and scholars. For this edition Odum refines his original theories and introduces two new measures: emergy and transformity. These concepts can be used to evaluate and compare systems and their transformation and use of resources by accounting for all the energies and materials that flow in and out and expressing them in equivalent ability to do work. Natural energies such as solar radiation and the cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are diagrammed in terms of energy and emergy flow. Through this method Odum reveals the similarities between human economic and social systems and the ecosystems of the natural world. In the process, we discover that our survival and prosperity are regulated as much by the laws of energetics as are systems of the physical and chemical world.

About the Author

Howard T. Odum was professor and director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was a winner of the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1987 for his contributions to ecology and environmental science. His student and colleague Mark Brown completed the revisions.

Get a rare, fresh, enlightening glimpse of the Big Picture of our environmental and energy problems… Highly recommended.

1- This World System 12- Systems Networks and Metabolism 133- Energy Laws and Maximum Power 324- Energy Hierarchy and Natural Value 635- Energy and Planet Earth 1026- Energy and Ecosystems 1317- Empower Basis for Society 1768- Structure Information and Evolution 2219- Energy and Economics 25210- Energetic Organization of Society 281 11- Energetic Basis for Religion 313 12- Partnership with Nature 332 13- Climax and Descent 380 14- Formulas for Energy Systems Modules 39

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2007