Bill Gates includes 'Sustainable Materials - with both eyes open' by Julian Allwood, Jonathan Cullen and colleagues in his six best books this year.
The authors look closely at the materials that humans use most, with particular emphasis on steel and aluminum, and show how we could cut emissions by up to 50 percent without asking people to make big sacrifices.Bill Gates
Gates summarises the book "How much can we reduce carbon emissions that come from making and using stuff? Quite a bit, according to the University of Cambridge team behind this book. They look closely at the materials that humans use most, with particular emphasis on steel and aluminum, and show how we could cut emissions by up to 50 percent without asking people to make big sacrifices. Although the topic can be dry as a desert, the authors keep it light with lots of colorful illustrations and clever analogies without sacrificing clarity or rigor. I learned a lot from this thoughtful look at a critical topic."
"I just looked over the list of books I read this year, and I noticed a pattern," writes Gates. "A lot of them touch on a theme that I would call 'how things work.' Some explain something about the physical world, like how steel and glass are used, or what it takes to get rid of deadly diseases. Others offer deep insights into human beings: our strengths and flaws, our capacity for lifelong growth, or the things we value. I didn’t set out to explore these themes intentionally, though in retrospect it make a lot of sense since the main reason I read is to learn."
You can download the book for free on the authors’ website http://www.withbotheyesopen.com/