Category RSC Clean Technology Monographs

Society and Energy in Transition

The second half of the 20th century was a time of unprecedented change in world affairs. Aside from all the political and social developments that took place, many of the key changes in society stemmed from advances in science and technology. Foremost among these changes may be cited the progress in materials science, especially solid-state physics, that has given rise to the electronics revolution. The advent of sophisticated and reliable solid-state electronic devices, such as integrated circuits, liquid crystal displays and lasers, has brought about a corresponding revolution in both computing and communications. Within the space of ten years, the power and speed of personal computers have improved beyond belief, while their cost has fallen dramatically...

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