Know It All Energy

Know It All Energy by Brian Clegg

The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Energy, Each Explained in Under a Minute

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Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781577151616
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Series: Know It All
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From the first cavemen to light a fire to the elusive dark energy in outer space Know It All Energy explores energy in all its forms.

The Know-It-All series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about the subjects you really feel you should understand but have never gotten around to studying. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in under a minute. 

As a phenomenon that resides everywhere and in everything, energy is best understood by example. Exploring energy shows how it cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed—and how plankton and other ancient ocean-dwelling organisms can be used to power your car. Reducing the subject to its essential areas, Know-It-All Energy charts fascinating and fundamental topics, from the nuclear fusion reactor at the heart of the sun and civilization’s discovery of our first hands-on energy source in fire almost 400,000 years ago, to the elusive dark energy which makes up most of the content of the universe.

Brian Clegg, consultant editor, read Natural Sciences, focusing on experimental physics, at Cambridge University. He has written for Nature, The Times, and the Wall Street Journal and lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, and the Royal Institution. He is editor of the book review site, and his publications include A Brief History of Infinity and How to Build a Time Machine.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a physicist, author, and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey. He received his PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 1989, and has published over a hundred research papers on quantum physics. His many popular science books have been translated into twenty-six languages. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal. Jim is a regular contributor to radio and television science programs. In 2016, he received the inaugural Stephen Hawking medal for science communication.

Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781577151616
Series: Know It All
Illustrations: color photos
Size: 7 in x 9 in / 177.8 mm x 228.6 mm
6 Introduction
10 The Basics
12 Glossary
14 What is Energy?
16 Heat
18 Kinetic Energy
20 Potential Energy
22 Profile: James Prescott Joule
24 Chemical Energy
26 Nuclear Energy
28 Mass Energy
30 Conservation of Energy
32 Natural Energy
34 Glossary
36 Gravity
38 Inflation
40 Inside a Star
42 Living Things
44 Dark Energy
46 Profile: Alan Guth
48 Zero Point Energy
50 Where Did it All Come From?
52 Storing Energy
54 Glossary
56 ATP
58 Coal
60 Oil
62 Fission
64 Fusion
66 Profile: Alessandro Volta
68 Water Storage
70 Fuel Cells
72 Batteries
74 Transmitting Energy
76 Glossary
78 Conduction
80 Convection
82 Radiation
84 Profile: Heiki Kamerlingh Onnes
86 Transporting Chemicals
88 Lasers
90 Down the Wire
92 Superconductors
94 Converting Energy
96 Glossary
98 Oxidation
100 Burning
102 External Combustion
104 Internal Combustion
106 Electromagnetism
108 QED
110 Profile: Charles Algernon Parsons
112 Turbines
114 Going Green
116 Glossary
118 Biofuels
120 Solar
122 Wind
124 Hydro
126 Profile: William Thomson, Lord Kelvin
128 Waves
130 Geothermal
132 Nuclear
134 Energy and Entropy
136 Glossary
138 What is Entropy?
140 The Second Law
142 Increasing Disorder
144 The Closed System
146 The Demon
148 Profile: Ludwig Boltzmann
150 The Lifecycle of the Universe
152 Appendices
154 Resources
156 Notes on Contributors
160 Index & Acknowledgements