Sustainable Energy a la Munger
Two years ago a friend and shareholder of Aggreko told me about a book called, “Sustainable Energy Without The Hot Air“. The book was recommended by Aggreko’s senior management as a primer for investors to learn about sustainable energy. As I started reading the book it reminded me of Richard Feynman’s physics lectures (and Charlie Mungers approach to multidisciplinary problem solving). Little did I know that Bill Gates was also a fan of the book and named it the one book to read if you want to learn sustainable energy basics.
Before you commit to reading the book do the following:
First, read the synopsis to get a flavor for the book – http://www.withouthotair.com/synopsis10.pdf
Next, watch the following ted talk by author, David MacKay.
Finally, I recommend you read the book and flip to the corresponding technical appendix after you finish each chapter. In the appendix, the author walks you through -step by step- how to think about the physics of a particular type of sustainable energy. Here’s an example of the appendix related to cars.
Read: Sustainable Energy Without The Hot Air by David MacKay
Via The Web: http://www.withouthotair.com/
As Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0954452933/tag=davidmackayca-20
Read: The Appendix to Sustainable Energy Without Hot Air by David MacKay
Via The Web http://www.withouthotair.com/ *click on right most column where it says technical chapters