"Spherical Cow is an excellent guide to the very
important art of quickly finding approximate answers to problems
such as "what was the pH of rainfall before the
Industrial Revolution?" This book illustrates step-by-step
how to solve dozens of problems of this type."
--Journal of Chemical Information & Computational Science
"This book should be read and used by all students of
environmental studies, and should be an important acquisition for
any research, teaching, or general academic library."
This innovative compendium offers a variety of techniques for approaching contemporary environmental problems. Challenging, real-world situations and worked-out solutions provide the means both for gaining insights into the process of problem solving and for thinking quantitatively and creatively about such environmental concerns as energy and water resources, food production, indoor air pollution, acid rain, and human influences on climate.
About the Author:
For more than two decades, John Harte has taught courses on the quantitative aspects of environmental science at University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Distinguished Class of 1935 Professorship in the Energy and Resources Group. His previous book, Consider a Spherical Cow, became a landmark text in the field. He is also the author of The Green Fuse and co-author of Patient Earth and Toxics A to Z. He has published numerous articles on ecology and biodiversity, water and other resources, climate change and its effects, acid precipitation, and environmental policy. John Harte received his B.A. from Harvard University and his PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin.