The Coal Question


    THE first edition of Jevons's lucid and exhaustive work was published in 1865 and the second in 1866, and since that date it has constantly been referred to, but almost always misunderstood. The Royal Commissions of 1866 and 1901 both shared the general misunderstanding. This is certainly surprising in view of the care the author took to make his position clear. He argued that within a century the want of coal would seriously check our material progress if the rate of progress in consumption shown at the time at which he wrote were maintained.

    The Coal Question.

    W. Stanley Jevons A. W. Flux. Third edition. Pp. 1 + 467. (London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1906.) Price 10s. net.

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    The Coal Question . Nature 75, 244–245 (1907).

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