Estimating Our Energy Predicament

Date: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 2:30pm

 

Estimating Our Energy Predicament
Tom Murphy, PhD
Associate Professor of Physics at UCSD

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 Rockefeller 221 (the Miller Room)
Case Western Reserve University

 

Abstract:
Combining knowledge of physics with a healthy willingness to estimate and approximate, we can say some rather profound things about future paths available to our society in terms of energy and resources.  Topics such as growth, global warming, fossil fuels and their potential replacements, and energy storage are ripe targets for back-of-the-envelope quantification, and will be explored in this talk.  A subtext is that we should not take for granted that superior substitutes will replace fossil fuels.