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Cengage Advantage Books: Living in the Environment [Loose Leaf]

G. Tyler Miller , Scott Spoolman

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Jan. 1 2011 053849414X 978-0538494144 17
Learn how to make a difference in our environment! Using sustainability as the central theme, this current and thought-provoking book provides you with basic scientific tools for understanding and thinking critically about the environment and the environmental problems we face. Updated with new information, art, and "Good News" examples, this engaging book offers vivid case studies and hands-on quantitative exercises. The concept-centered approach transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that you will be able to understand and remember. Overall, by framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, authors G. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman enable you to learn and implement useful environmental solutions and see how promising the future can be.

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Tyler Miller has written or co-authored 60 editions of various 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 3 million students and have been translated into eight languages. Miller has a PhD from the University of Virginia and has received two honorary doctorate degrees for his contributions to environmental education. He taught college for 20 years and developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. He describes his hopes for the future as follows: If I had to pick a time to be alive, it would be the next 75 years. Why? First, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that we are in the process of seriously degrading our own life-support system. In other words, we are living unsustainably. Second, within the next 75 years we have the opportunity to learn how to live more sustainably by working with the rest of nature, as described in this book. I am fortunate to have three smart, talented, and wonderful sons--Greg, David, and Bill. I am especially privileged to have Kathleen as my wife, best friend, and research associate. It is inspiring to have a brilliant, beautiful (inside and out), and strong woman who cares deeply about nature as a lifemate. She is my hero. I dedicate this book to her and to the earth.

Scott Spoolman is a writer with over 25 years of experience in educational publishing. He has had a lifelong interest in the environmental sciences and believes that education provides the best hope for our dealing with environmental problems and finding more sustainable ways to work, play, and live on our planet. 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 more than 70 college and high school textbooks in the natural and social sciences fields. With Tyler Miller, Spoolman has coauthored several editions of Living in the Environment, Environmental Science, and Sustaining the Earth. 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but redundant May 15 2012
By Athena - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, no - not again... April 30 2014
By A. Gitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive July 3 2013
By mindy d. - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 4 2013
By moms - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions Jan. 11 2013
By acousticmany - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

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