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Cengage Advantage Books: Living in the Environment Loose Leaf – Jan 1 2011

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G. Tyler Miller has written 62 textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy, and environmental chemistry. Since 1975, Miller's books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. They have been used by almost three million students and have been translated into eight languages. Miller has a professional background in chemistry, physics, and ecology. He has a PhD from the University of Virginia and has received two honorary doctoral degrees for his contributions to environmental education. He taught college for 20 years, developed one of the nation's first environmental studies programs, and developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. Currently, he is the president of Earth Education and Research, which is devoted to improving environmental education.

Scott Spoolman is a writer and textbook editor with more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a contributing author on editions of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, and SUSTAINING THE EARTH. With Norman Myers, he also coauthored ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS: A MODULAR APPROACH. Spoolman holds a master's degree in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of science, environmental engineering, politics, and business. He worked as an acquisitions editor on a series of college forestry textbooks. He has also worked as a consulting editor in the development of over 70 college and high school textbooks in fields of the natural and social sciences. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the forests and waters of his native Wisconsin along with his family-- his wife, environmental educator Gail Martinelli, and his children, Will and Katie.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Informative but redundant May 15 2012
By Athena - Published on
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This book is very informative for people new to environmental science, but it becomes very redundant after you read through about 5 chapters or so. It also seems to be about 50% pictures. Pictures are great, but if this book were purely text it would be about half the size. Then, if you were to take out any redundancy (content that has been explained in other chapters), you would be left to about 25% of the original size. When you are paying hefty costs for a textbook, you would hope there would be more extensive substance.
Overall, it was a decent book because addresses a large range of topics that are useful for a 101 class.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Oh, no - not again... April 30 2014
By A. Gitchell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has been around FOREVER. I taught from it in the 1970s. It was published in one edition after another, so students could not re-sell their used copies.

I don't believe in text books. Anyone can learn more by investigating, reading and questioning. In the pre-internet days, perhaps there was some argument for putting together a compendium of related materials. But now, any student can find information that is timely. What a teacher should do is help the student figure out (for him or her self) the "connections" and "solutions" Miller is offering to spoon feed to the reader.

I'm shocked by the price of this book. A student would do much better to spend the money on joining a professional or advocacy organization, or attending a good conference. Or buying binoculars or boots or whatever gear helps one get out into the environment we all want to preserve.

Students, if you absolutely must buy this book, try to get it electronically and save a tree.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Expensive July 3 2013
By mindy d. - Published on
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I bought this for an enviornmental bio class and it was very repetitive, I did not like that the chapters were so long and vague and the glossary had many ' see other word' I order to find what I needed
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book Feb. 4 2013
By moms - Published on
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I'm very impressed by the articles and lessons in the book. The pictures are also captivating. It's a thought provoking book for the future of our home and the other species living here.
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Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions Jan. 11 2013
By acousticmany - Published on
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Great textbook! This very informative reading. The book does a wonderful job introducing a novice reader in this subject but also has detailed information for those who are very familiar with environmental science.