Numbers Don’t Lie: 71 Things You Need to Know About the World

Vaclav Smil

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 01-04-2021

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‘There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil’ Bill GatesIs flying dangerous? How much do the world’s cows weigh? And what makes people happy?From earth’s nations and inhabitants, through the fuels and foods that energize them, to the transportation and inventions of our modern world – and how all of this affects the planet itself – in Numbers Don’t Lie, Professor Vaclav Smil takes us on a fact-finding adventure, using surprising statistics and illuminating graphs to challenge lazy thinking.Packed with ‘Well-I-never-knew-that’ information and with fascinating and unusual examples throughout, we find out how many people it took to build the Great Pyramid, that vaccination yields the best return on investment, and why electric cars aren’t as great as we think (yet). There’s a wonderful mix of science, history and wit, all in bite-sized chapters on a broad range of topics.Urgent and essential, Numbers Don’t Lie inspires readers to interrogate what they take to be true in these significant times. Smil is on a mission to make facts matter, because after all, numbers may not lie, but which truth do they convey?’He is rigorously numeric, using data to illuminate every topic he writes about. The word “polymath” was invented to describe people like him’ Bill Gates’Important’ Mark Zuckerberg, on Energy’One of the world’s foremost thinkers on development history and a master of statistical analysis . . . The nerd’s nerd’ Guardian’There is perhaps no other academic who paints pictures with numbers like Smil’ Guardian’He’s a slayer of bullshit’ David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics & Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

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Dimensions 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 320