|Photo by David Stern||
About the author
David MacKay FRS is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the
University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then
obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California
Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society
research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his
research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems,
including the invention of Dasher, a software interface that enables
efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught
Physics in Cambridge since 1995. Since 2005, he has devoted much of
his time to public teaching about energy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society
and a member of the World
Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.
Nine months after the publication of 'Sustainable Energy - without the hot air',
David MacKay was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the
Department of Energy and Climate Change.
About the book
Category: || popular science |
Author: || David JC MacKay FRS|
Professor of Natural Philosophy,
Department of Physics,
University of Cambridge
2nd December 2008 (UK)|
1st May 2009 (USA)
Available in hardback and paperback, 380 pages,
9780954452933 / 978-1-906860-01-1
About the "free book" license
This is a free book.
I didn't write this book to make money.
I wrote it because sustainable energy is important.
If you would like to have the book for free for your own use,
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[Further information about pirates, & photographs]
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