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The Oracle of Oil

A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future

Mason Inman



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13 May 2016
In 1956, geophysicist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert forecast that American oil production would peak surprisingly soon and decline steadily thereafter. Hubbert's prediction outraged the architects of the US oil industry at the time but it was largely correct. Amid a twenty-first century shale boom, Hubbert's logic remains a source of debate.

Richly researched, The Oracle of Oil rescues the history of a man who shocked the scientific community with his brilliance, eccentricity and controversy. Mason Inman shows Hubbert was a man of his era: a time of great intellectual ferment and discovery tinged by dark undercurrents of intellectual witch hunts. A portrait of a man whose prescient ideas about sustainability still resonate today, The Oracle of Oil looks to the past to find a guiding philosophy for our energy future.
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   648g
ISBN:   9780393239683
ISBN 10:   0393239683
Pages:   416
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mason Inman is an award-winning journalist who focuses on energy and climate issues. He has written for National Geographic News, Science, Nature, and The Economist. He lives in Oakland, California.

Reviews for The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future

... well written, deeply researched and rich in anecdote - Hubbert's character and his intellectual achievements sing out. -- New Scientist

  • Short-listed for PEN Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction 2017

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