In a highly readable manner aimed at an international audience, the authors introduce the often misused and sometimes abused term "energy" and give a lucid account of the development of energy production from timber to nuclear energy. They compare various energy generation methods with respect to their efficiency and practicability for large-scale implementation and examine if, and how, these methods live up to the expectations and promises their proponents make. In addition, the authors juxtapose the political and economic prerequisites in different regions of the world that advance, or hinder, an energy turnaround. They round off their book by debunking the eighteen most popular myths often cited in discussions on energy issues.
As a result, the authors provide ammunition for debate, underpin (and unsettle) opinions using facts, and challenge comfortable and popular chains of reasoning.
Keywords: Physical Chemistry