Publications


Books

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  • Brown, M.T. 2001 (ed). Emergy Synthesis 1: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the 1st Biennial Emergy Conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 319 pages. $15.00
  • Brown, M.T. H.T. Odum, D. Tilley and S. Ulgiati. 2003. (eds) Emergy Synthesis 2: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the 2nd biennial emergy conference held at Gainesville, FL September 2001. The Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 432 pages. $15.00
  • Brown, M.T.E. Bardi, D.E. Campbell, V. Comar, S. Huang, T. Rydberg, D. Tilley and S. Ulgiati (eds). 2005. Emergy Synthesis 3: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Emergy Conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 652 pages. $30.00
  • Brown, M.T.E. Bardi, D.E. Campbell, V. Comar, S. Huang, T. Rydberg, D. Tilley and S. Ulgiati (eds). 2007. Emergy Synthesis 4: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Emergy Conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 483 pages. $30.00
  • Brown, M.T., S. Sweeney, D.E. Campbell, S. Huang, E. Ortega, T. Rydberg, D. Tilley and S. Ulgiati (eds). 2009. Emergy Synthesis 5: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the 5th Biennial Emergy Conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 612 pages. $30.00
  • Brown, M.T., S. Sweeney, D.E. Campbell, S. Huang, E. Ortega, T. Rydberg, D. Tilley and S. Ulgiati (eds). 2011. Emergy Synthesis 6: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Emergy Conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 610 pages. $30.00
  • Brown, M.T. and C.A.S. Hall 2005. Through the Macroscope: A tribute to H.T. Odum. Special Issue of Ecological Modeling. $15.00
  • Giannantoni, C. 2002. The Maximum Em-Power principle as the basis for thermodynamics of quality. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 185 pages. $15.00

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Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-First Century: The Hierarchy of Energy

Columbia University Press is pleased to announce the publication of Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-First Century: The Hierarchy of Energy by Howard T. Odum.

Howard T. Odum possessed one of the most innovative minds of the twentieth century. He pioneered the fields of ecological engineering, ecological economics, and environmental accounting, working throughout his life to better understand the interrelationships of energy, environment, and society and their importance to the well-being of humanity and the planet.

This volume is a major modernization of Odum's classic work on the significance of power and its role in society, bringing his approach and insight to a whole new generation of students and scholars. For this edition Odum refines his original theories and introduces two new measures: emergy and transformity. These concepts can be used to evaluate and compare systems and their transformation and use of resources by accounting for all the energies and materials that flow in and out and expressing them in equivalent ability to do work. Natural energies such as solar radiation and the cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are diagrammed in terms of energy and emergy flow. Through this method Odum reveals the similarities between human economic and social systems and the ecosystems of the natural world. In the process, we discover that our survival and prosperity are regulated as much by the laws of energetics as are systems of the physical and chemical world.