The Brunel Lectures span the last ten years and provide a
diversified review of "work in progress" in the theory and practice
of macro-engineering. This book is an edited compendium of these
lectures and contains contributions from leading figures in the
field. The introduction reports on the development of key elements
for a power transmission satellite which will ultimately make the
exchange of power between distant countries a feasible proposition.
The book looks at closed system habitats - a way of applying
advanced technology to effect desert rehabilitation; Osaka's
financially successful use of artificial islands as an instrument
of offshore development, large scale canals including the Grand
Canal of China and the possibility of colonization of the Moon. The
sociological, financial, practical, philosophical and theoretical
implications of macro-engineering are balanced in a book which puts
the rapidly developing interdisciplinary area into perspective.
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