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From Coal to Wind to Nuclear: How Energy Shapes History

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History was forever changed when three hundred years ago coal, a source of power far cheaper and more efficient than wood, allowed Britain to advance economically and politically during the Industrial Revolution. It's undeniable that the development of the modern world is closely tied to energy production, and the challenges of finding more efficient energy resources tell the story of humanity itself. In his new book, "Energy: A Human History", Richard Rhodes highlights the successes and failures that led to breakthroughs in energy production—from animal and water power to the steam engine, from internal-combustion to the electric motor— and how these advancements changed the course of history.

Energy still remains a crucial question of the future. How do wind, solar, or nuclear energy compete for dominance against dwindling traditional sources such as oil, coal and natural gas? How will countries be able to provide enough energy for their populations in the light of climate change? When 1.2 billion people still lack access to energy, how can countries harness energy in a sustainable way to move from subsistence to prosperity?

Richard Rhodes is the author of numerous books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb which won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. He has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Join us for a conversation with Rhodes on June 28 to discuss his new book, Energy: A Human History, which explores how energy transitions have revolutionized the world and what we can expect from energy use in the future.

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Richard Rhodes
American Historian

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