Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet

Assessing and Adapting to Planetary Limits

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By the Numbers

Possibly of little interest, but here nonetheless is a quantitative account of what's in the book:

chapters 20
appendices 4
populated pages 463
problems 436
problem guides 391
graphics/images 217
figures (captioned) 171
tables (captioned) 70
margin notes 1437
definitions 48
examples 115
boxes 72
equations 85
glossary entries 219
glossary references 1427
index entries 616
index references 1315
student feedback items 2597
lines in source files 31,500
words in source files 220,000

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