This bar code number lets you verify that youre getting exactly the right version or edition of a book the 13 digit and 10 digit formats both work. How much further should the affluent world push its material consumption does relative dematerialization lead to absolute decline in demand for materials. Making the modern world materials and dematerialization vaclav smil distinguished professor emeritus university of manitoba canada. This book gave support to my general approach of not giving up on books the first half or so is extremely tedious discussing in great numerical detail world output and consumption of a full range of materials concrete wood steel plastics zinc etc etc etc. Over the course of time the modern world has become dependent on unprecedented flows of materials now even the most efficient production processes and the highest practical rates of recycling may not be enough to result in dematerialization rates that would be high enough to negate the rising demand for materials generated by continuing
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