In an unprecedented way, this book relates fundamental physical and ecological principles to economics so that the detachment of current economic practices from physical reality becomes obvious. Sustainable alternative models are proposed. Almost all the material is derived from the work of great minds of past and present. Forgotten and ignored ideas are resurrected. It's a book for intelligent, educated lay people, students and academics. That his forecasting is more successful than many prominent economists', and that respected figures are turning to views long held by him, gives the author confidence that his contribution is of value.