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Size – Vaclav Smil

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Size – Vaclav Smil

How It Explains the World


‘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.



  • Author(s) : Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher: Penguin Books UK
  • ISBN: 9780241992142
  • Language: English
  • Edition: Paperback
  • Number of pages: 352

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