Scientist and Policy Analyst
Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of forty books, including Energy and Civilization and the New York Times bestseller How the World Really Works. In 2010, he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.
Vaclav Smil (Credit: Olibroman / Wikimedia Commons)
Skepticism is appropriate when gazing into the futurist's crystal ball.