Renowned Expert on Energy, Environment, Food & Technical Advances
Professor Vaclav Smil is regarded as being among the most important thought leaders of our time. One of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010, Smil has spent his career exploring new ground in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment and public policy. Read More >
Meet Vaclav Smil
The Limits of Growth
Making the Modern World
Should We Eat Meat?
The Future of Energy | Harvard Center for the Environment
Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. It governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the fortunes of our economies. Read More >
Smil examines the growth of energy conversions and man-made objects that enable economic activities―developments that have been essential to civilization and looks at growth in complex systems, beginning with the growth of human populations and proceeding to the growth of cities. He considers the challenges of tracing the growth of empires and civilizations, explaining that we can chart the growth of organisms across individual and evolutionary time, but that the progress of societies and economies, not so linear, encompasses both decline and renewal. Read Less ^
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