Energy : engine of evolution /
Frank Niele.
Amsterdam ; San Diego : Elsevier, 2005.
xxiv, 190 p. : ill. (some col.)
More Details
Amsterdam ; San Diego : Elsevier, 2005.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Frank Niele is a senior research scientist at the Royal Dutch/Shell laboratories in Amsterdam and a member of the global Shell coalition for radical innovation
Bowker Data Service Summary
Since the beginning of life on Earth five energy revolutions have passed, and the planet is again at the threshold of a new era. In this work, the author argues that a sixth energy revolution is needed to support the new way of life, and explores possible energy pathways to a more endurable future.
Long Description
Energy: Engine of Evolution is a compelling book that provides a compact history of energy over the last four billion years, with the aim of creating a sound basis to understanding the possible futures of the energy industry. It describes the role that energy has played in the evolution of nature and culture, the impact it has had on the world over time and the implications that we are faced with concerning the role of energy in the future. This book describes the relationship between life and energy through time, outlining how the major revolutions in the evolution of life on earth were driven by developments at the energy frontiers. Energy: Engine of Evolution states that we are on the verge of the next energy revolution, where we will learn how to master new energy forms in a new way. As a result of years of research and discussions by leading experts in the oil and gas industry, this publication offers inspiring insights and examples of new approaches to technological and evolutionary developments, paving the way towards a more sustainable future. * Provides evolutionary insight * Introduces an Energy Time Scale that shows key relationships between energy and the history of planet Earth * Contains exciting examples of new approaches to sustainable development
Main Description
Since its origin 'system Earth' has gone through many radical changes and energy always played a determining role. Niele's book is an account of his search for the relationships between energy and development in the form of a scientific monograph.
Table of Contents
About the bookp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
The First Five Energy Revolutions
The Photo-Energy Revolution
The origin of lifep. 3
The origin of sunlightp. 3
The origin of planet Earthp. 3
The origin of the living cellp. 5
The Thermophilic Regimep. 8
Photosynthesis and free oxygenp. 8
The origin of photosynthesisp. 8
Sunlight-driven energy technologyp. 9
The Phototrophic Regimep. 10
And the face of the earth changedp. 11
Two grand carbon cyclesp. 11
The self-inflicted crisisp. 12
The Oxo-Energy Revolution
The origin of aerobic respirationp. 13
The origin of breathable airp. 13
Global oxygen crisisp. 14
Aerobic respirationp. 15
Oxygen-driven energy technologyp. 16
Microbial symbiosisp. 18
The origin of the eukaryotic cell designp. 18
The microbial energy majorsp. 20
The Aerobic Regimep. 21
Biological diversificationp. 22
Ecological growthp. 24
And the face of the earth changedp. 25
The changing landscapep. 25
Competition and adaptationp. 26
The Pyro-Energy Revolution
The origin of hominidsp. 29
It needed a crisisp. 29
The origin of human culturep. 30
The quest for the human advantagep. 32
Man the fire masterp. 38
The human advantagep. 38
The origin of firep. 41
Active use of firep. 41
The Pyrocultural Regimep. 43
Societal metabolismp. 45
The Symbolisational Signalp. 46
And the face of the earth changedp. 48
A changing lifestylep. 48
And life changed the landp. 50
The Agro-Energy Revolution
Man the solar farmerp. 51
The Agricultural Revolutionp. 51
The forces that shaped the revolutionp. 52
The Agrocultural Regimep. 54
The emergence of competing energy chainsp. 55
A new reality emergesp. 56
The Quantificational Signalp. 56
The Scientific Revolutionp. 57
And the face of the earth changedp. 59
From farms to nation statesp. 59
The growing human footprintp. 61
The Carbo-Energy Revolution
Hydrocarbon Manp. 65
The agrocultural energy crisisp. 65
The dawn of ancient sunlightp. 66
The Carbocultural Regimep. 70
The Carbian Explosionp. 71
An explosion of competing energy chainsp. 71
Electric energy as information carrierp. 74
Carbocultural non-fossil energy chainsp. 76
Sensitive scientific sensesp. 79
And the face of the earth changedp. 81
The surging human footprintp. 81
From fire master to fire addictp. 83
The Next Energy Revolution
The Staircase of Energy Regimes
Energy regimesp. 87
The foundation of the Staircase modelp. 87
The rise and fall of complexityp. 98
The evolution of informationp. 101
Generating informationp. 101
From genes to memes and artefactsp. 103
Socio-technological developmentp. 106
The rhythm of societal developmentp. 106
The pushes and pulls of progressp. 113
The evolution of system earthp. 114
The Emerging Helio-Energy Revolution
Signs of a coming energy revolutionp. 117
The Macroscopical Signalp. 117
Two perceptions of realityp. 119
Leaving Carbon Valleyp. 121
Nuclear Valleyp. 122
Green Valleyp. 125
Sustainable developmentp. 128
Limits to nuclearp. 131
Limits to greenp. 132
The next energy revolutionp. 136
Symbian Manp. 136
The Helio-Energy Revolutionp. 139
Sun Valleyp. 143
Socio-metabolic complexesp. 145
And the face of the earth will changep. 147
Energy, Complexity and Evolution
The Nature of energyp. 149
Energy-driven organisationp. 153
Referencesp. 163
Glossaryp. 171
Indexp. 183
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