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Energy and Society

Vaclav Smil

in Energy and Civilization: A History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035774
eISBN:
9780262338301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035774.003.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter shows how energy has shaped society, from prehistoric times through today’s fossil fuel-driven civilization. It suggests that both prehistoric human evolution and the course of history ... More


What is Energy? Some Preliminary Physics

E. C. Pielou

in The Energy of Nature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226668062
eISBN:
9780226668055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

This chapter addresses the question: What is energy? It discusses the concept of work, energy conversions, potential energy (PE), and kinetic energy. Energy results from two kinds of forces. One ... More


Classical Kinetic Theory

Klaus Morawetz

in Interacting Systems far from Equilibrium: Quantum Kinetic Theory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198797241
eISBN:
9780191838743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198797241.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

The classical non-ideal gas shows that the two original concepts of the pressure based of the motion and the forces have eventually developed into drift and dissipation contributions. Collisions of ... More


The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This is the first full-length biography of the prolific inventor Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922-2012). Ovshinsky’s discoveries led to the creation of many important information and energy technologies, ... More


New Beginnings in the Storefront (1960–1964)

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In late 1959, Iris was at last able to join Ovshinsky in Detroit, and they began creating a new family with her two young children and his three sons. This was also a new beginning in Ovshinsky’s ... More


The Birth of ECD: An Invention Factory (1965–1979)

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

With new resources gained from licensing Ovshinsky’s discoveries, his company, renamed Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), expanded into an ambitious research and development laboratory. Its growing ... More


The ECD Community: A Social Invention (1965–2007)

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter portrays the ways Stan and Iris Ovshinsky made ECD an expression of their progressive social values as well as an advanced R&D organization. A social democratic enclave sustained by ... More


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