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Growth

From Microorganisms to Megacities
Written by: Vaclav Smil
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 26 hrs and 15 mins

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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. Growth is manifested in annual increments of continental crust, a rising gross domestic product, a child's growth chart, the spread of cancerous cells. In this magisterial book, Vaclav Smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.

Smil takes listeners from bacterial invasions through animal metabolisms to megacities and the global economy. He begins with organisms whose mature sizes range from microscopic to enormous, looking at disease-causing microbes, the cultivation of staple crops, and human growth from infancy to adulthood. He examines the growth of energy conversions and man-made objects that enable economic activities - developments that have been essential to civilization. Finally, he looks at growth in complex systems, beginning with the growth of human populations and proceeding to the growth of cities.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-20

PDF should come with this book...

Great book BUT where is the pdf for all the charts and numbers mentioned? (which is the key info to understanding the context)

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  • AnnieDH
  • 03-05-20

Unmatched detail and analysis

Growth covers such a broad subject matter to make the book have something for everyone interested in how the world works. Chapters on society, economics and the future were most meaningful to me.

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  • gary c.
  • 25-04-20

Need accustomizing

Narration seems to progress in staccato fashion. I listen at x1. 3 to try to smooth over the minute pauses