Size How It Explains the World

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Publisher's Synopsis

'There is no author whose books I look forward to more' Bill Gates

The New York Times bestselling author returns with a mind-opening exploration of how size defines life on Earth.

Explaining the key processes shaping size in nature, society and technology, Smil busts myths around proportions - from bodies to paintings and the so-called golden ratio - tells us what Jonathan Swift got wrong in Gulliver's Travels - the giant Brobdingnagian's legs would buckle under their enormous weight - and dives headfirst into the most contentious issue in ergonomics: the size of aeroplane seats.

It is no exaggeration to say this fascinating and wide-ranging tour de force will change the way you look at absolutely everything.

'Vaclav Smil is a phenomenon with an appetite for facts over prejudice and fashion. Essential reading for anyone who cares about the future' Lord Norman Foster

Book information

ISBN: 9780241992142
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 530.8
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 216g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 22mm