Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

Making the Modern World Materials and Dematerialization

Background of Reading – Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

Personally, I am passionate into improving our environment. We can see that pollution is just going crazy nowadays. We need to find out more on the current situation, what is casuing that and how to fix it. And I found this book, Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization.

Review – Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

The book is a fantastic book telling about materialization and dematerialization. I can’t make a review better than the book cover, so let me post it here.

Over the course of time, the modern world has become dependent on unprecedented flows of materials. Now even the most efficient production processes and the highest practical rates of recycling may not be enough to result in dematerialization rates that would be high enough to negate the rising demand for materials generated by continuing population growth and rising standards of living. This book explores the costs of this dependence and the potential for substantial dematerialization of modern economies.

Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization considers the principal materials used throughout history, from wood and stone, through to metals, alloys, plastics, and silicon, describing their extraction and production as well as their dominant applications. The evolving productivities of material extraction, processing, synthesis, finishing, and distribution, and the energy costs and environmental impact of rising material consumption are examined in detail. The book concludes with an outlook for the future, discussing the prospects for dematerialization and potential constraints on materials.

On top of that, there is a review on this book from a famous person. “Vaclav Smil keeps turning out amazing books. Making the Modern World, I just finished, and it’s pretty fantastic.”  (Interview with Bill Gates, 22 January 2014)

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