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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Laughlin Narrator: Traber Burn Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Powering the Future, Nobel laureate Robert B. Laughlin transports us two centuries into the future, when we’ve ceased to use carbon from the ground. Boldly, Laughlin predicts no earth-shattering transformations will have taken place. Six generations from now, there will still be soccer moms, shopping malls, and business trips. Firesides will still be snug and warm.

How will we do it? Not by discovering a magic bullet to slay our energy problems, but through a slew of fascinating technologies, drawing on wind, water, and fire. Powering the Future is an objective yet optimistic tour through alternative fuel sources, set in a world where we’ve burned every last drop of petroleum and every last shovelful of coal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is written with cheerfully can-do brio and is full of fascinating calculations…Mr. Laughlin brings a refreshing, upbeat outlook for our energy future.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Laughlin says many useful things with a pleasing directness.”

    New Scientist

  • “[A] sardonic and vivid exercise in futurology.”


  • “A pragmatic, authoritative look into energy alternatives for general readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “An illuminating, ultimately hopeful perspective on energy policy.”


  • “The value of the book rests in the author’s thought-provoking assessment and his relentless faith in the earth…A work of intricate research free of hype, offering serious pros and cons with a sometimes whimsical flourish.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Irene | 7/16/2013

    " The guy is a better speaker than writer. Interesting, but after his talk slightly disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by BAKU | 12/4/2012

    " This is weird overall. You could skip chapters 2 and 3 entirely. Not really of much help except for the part about fast breeding nuclear reactors. "

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About the Author

Robert B. Laughlin is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Physics at Stanford University. In 1998 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the fractional quantum Hall effect. He is the author of The Crime of Reason and A Different Universe. He lives in Palo Alto, California.