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Energy supply, and most of that came from “old” renewables, such as hydro electric plants and burning wood waste from lumbering op erations. 35 per cent of the country’s energy supply. The slow pace of this energy transition is not surprising. In fact, it is expected. S. and around the world, each wide spread transition from one dominant fuel to another has taken 50 to 60 years. First came a change from wood to coal. Then from coal to oil. S. is going through a third major energy transition right now, from coal and oil to natural gas.
TRANSITIONS Many Years Needed to Take Over the Energy World Each major energy source that has dominated world supply has taken 50 to 60 years to rise to the top spot. Coal reached 5 percent of global supply in 1840 (bottom left) and gradually took over from wood, reaching 50 percent some 60 years later, around 1900. Subsequent transitions to oil and natural gas have followed a similar pattern in reaching benchmark levels of supply (vertical axis), rising steadily after they achieve Coal 5 percent.
This strategy led to a patchwork collection of mathematical procedures, how ever. We needed to sew them all together somehow into one cohesive whole. 38 Scientific American, January 2014 © 2013 Scientific American TIMELINE OF PROGRESS Milestones in Modeling Cells The long path to the author’s first work ing model of a single cell of a simple bacterium, Mycoplasma genitalium, was informed by the theoretical, genetic and modeling efforts of other re searchers. Designing a computer mod el of a human cell is sure to be harder still, given the far greater complexity of mammalian cells.