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  This article was downloaded by: [OARE Consortium]On: 06 January 2013, At: 07:05Publisher: Taylor & FrancisInforma Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House,37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK International Journal of Solar Energy Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information:http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/gsol19 A review of: “Review of the book” by J. C. McVeigh“Energy around the World” reviewed by J. Gretz† Version of record first published: 05 Apr 2007. To cite this article:  (1986): A review of: “Review of the book” by J. C. McVeigh “Energy around the World” reviewed by J.Gretz†, International Journal of Solar Energy, 4:1, 65-66 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425918608909839 PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLEFull terms and conditions of use: http://www.tandfonline.com/page/terms-and-conditionsThis article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematicreproduction, redistribution, reselling, loan, sub-licensing, systematic supply, or distribution in any form toanyone is expressly forbidden.The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contentswill be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae, and drug doses shouldbe independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims,proceedings, demand, or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly inconnection with or arising out of the use of this material.  Inr. I Solar Energy, 1986, Vol. 4 pp. 65-66 0142-5919186/0401-0065 12.0010 1986 hanvood academic publishers GmbH Printed in the United Kingdom ook eview Review of the book by J. C. McVeigh Energy around the World reviewed by J Gretzt This is a refreshingly different book amongst the abundant literature on the energy issue. In the opening chapter, the author challenges the reader with some basic and useful mathematics and physics to help understand some of the concepts and terms often quoted in articles and books. Work, power, the different forms of energy, exergy, entropy and other terms are briefly and lucidly explained as well as, for instance, the frequently confused different types of growth: linear growth, compound growth and exponential growth. This book is obviously written by someone who from long teaching experience, knows what he is doing when he feels it necessary in the chapter on Units and Conversion factors, to point out that 40°C-2O0C=20K. After this opening chapter there follows a chapter on the past development of energy resources, past and present production and consumption patterns and some projections into the future. Much of the data used are world data, the rest mostly refers to the US or UK, leaving a French of German reader somehow unhappy. Some historically interesting facts are given like the Chinese having ignited timber by the use of burning mirrors in the seventh century BC, some five hundreds years before the famous burning of the Roman fleet by Archimedes. A nice, almost self explanatory design of Belidor's solar pump built in 174 is also presented. The author then treats, chapter by chapter, petroleum, coal, gas, hydropower and biomass, nuclear energy, solar energy, geothermal, wind, tidal and wave power. The different energy sources are t Commission of the European Communities, Joint Research Centre ISPRA Varese), Italy.    D  o  w  n   l  o  a   d  e   d   b  y   [   O   A   R   E   C  o  n  s  o  r   t   i  u  m   ]  a   t   0   7  :   0   5   0   6   J  a  n  u  a  r  y   2   0   1   3   BOOK R VI W discussed by giving a physical description of the matter then looking into resources and reserves production growth technology of extraction mining collection health hazards and waste. Here also information is backed up by basic formulae illustrating the underlaying physico-mathematical mechanism. At the end of each chapter there is a summary followed by a useful reference list classroom exercises with solutions and suggestions for further reading. Solar energy is visibly a cherished field of the author At plate solar collectors enjoying 8 pages with formulae for heat collection and efficiency determination whereas for instance only one page is devoted to fusion. The question of electricity generation costs was illustrated with nuclear energy some formulae and numerical values illustrating fairly well how these costs are calculated and where the uncer- tainties lie. It would also have been interesting to have some data for tidal wave and other forms of renewable energies so as to give the reader a picture of what is one of the problems if not the problem with their penetration namely economics. To the reviewer this is amongst the very good introductions to energy studies he has read a well written book with essential general and numerical information for students teachers and informed laymen interested in the energy issue.    D  o  w  n   l  o  a   d  e   d   b  y   [   O   A   R   E   C  o  n  s  o  r   t   i  u  m   ]  a   t   0   7  :   0   5   0   6   J  a  n  u  a  r  y   2   0   1   3
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