Table of contents for Out of gas : the end of the age of oil / by David Goodstein.


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Introduction
The world will soon start to run out of conventionally produced, cheap oil. If we manage 
somehow to overcome that shock by shifting the burden to coal and natural gas, the two 
other primary fossil fuels, life may go on more or less as it has been; until we start to 
run out of all fossil fuels by the end of this century.
Chapter 1: The Future
Technically, scientifically, the means may exist to build a civilization that has everything 
we think we need, without fossil fuels. There may be a future for us. The remaining 
question is, Can we get there? 
Chapter 2: Energy Myths and a Brief History of Energy
Most people believe the myths; the truth is a little more complicated. For example, we 
don't have to conserve energy. The law of conservation of energy is one of the deepest 
laws of nature. Energy can flow from one body into another or it can be transferred from 
one place to another, but it can never be created or destroyed. 
Chapter 3:  Electricity and Radiant Energy
The intensity of the Sun's radiation at the orbit of Earth is 1,372 watts per square meter. 
In this bath of radiant energy, Earth turns on its axis like a chicken roasting on a spit, and 
the energy from the Sun spreads over its spherical surface.
Chapter 4: Heat Engines and Entropy
The moving finger writes
And having writ, moves on.
Nor all your piety nor wit 
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.
Chapter 5: Technological Fixes
Progress will lie in incremental advances on many simultaneous fronts, based on 
principles we already understand: controlled nuclear fusion, safe breeder reactors, better 
materials for manipulating electricity, more efficient fuel cells, better means of generating 
hydrogen, and so on.
Envoy: The Future Revisited
We can envision a future in which we live entirely on nuclear energy and solar energy as 
it arrives from the Sun. It would be based on a sophisticated technology that converts 
sunlight and nuclear energy efficiently into electricity for stationary uses and produces 
hydrogen fuel or charges advanced batteries for transportation.
Annotated Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
 

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Petroleum reserves, Petroleum industry and trade, Petroleum reserves Forecasting, Petroleum industry and trade Forecasting