Chemistry of the
Thomas G. Spiro
University of Washington
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges
William M. Stigliani
University of Northern Iowa
"This comprehensive new
edition is well written and balanced...Summing up: Recommended for all
undergraduate students and general readers."
—Choice, May 2012
Purvis-Roberts and Stigliani write in a clear and engaging style. They
organize the material in a logical and compelling manner, emphasizing the many
cross-connections among environmental topics. The bottom line is that this is the environmental
chemistry book that we have all been waiting for!"
—From Foreword by Harry Gray, California Institute of Technology
"I very much
congratulate the authors. This is by far the best environmental chemistry
text that I have read."
—Professor John Perona, University of California at Santa Barbara
provide clear and concise explanations and do a good job of integrating
calculations throughout the book. This book is useful both for
students learning to apply chemical concepts to understand the environment and
for instructors seeking a distinct perspective and important data on the
—Professor Keith Kuwata, Macalester College
"No other text in environmental chemistry so nicely balances breadth, depth and readability." —Professor A.D. Anbar, Arizona State University
Chemistry of the Environment, 3rd Edition, is a concise, clear and current account of today's environmental issues and the science one needs to understand them. This intermediate-level text, which recommends General Chemistry as a prerequisite, systematically lays out themes of sustainability, atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biospheres, while stressing the interconnectedness of environmental problems and solutions. The completely revised third edition explains the natural chemical cycles, and how humans affect them. It also analyzes strategies for ameliorating human impacts. This stimulating new text uses concise, straightforward language and an accessible narrative style to inform quantitative thinking.
About the Authors
Thomas G. Spiro, left, is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington.He received the B. S. from UCLA and the Ph.D. from MIT, and did postdoctoral work in Copenhagen. He joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1963, and served as chair of the chemistry department from 1980 to 1989, relocating to the University of Washington in 2007. He is the recipient of the ICPP Eraldo Antonini Lifetime Achievment Award (2010), the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (2004), Biophysical Society Founders Award (2004), the Wellcome Visiting Professorship in the Basic Medical Sciences, at the University of British Columbia (1999) in1999, and the Bomem-Michelson Award in Molecular Spectroscopy (1986).
Purvis-Roberts, right, is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Joint
Science Department of Claremont McKenna,
Pitzer and Scripps Colleges. She
earned her B.S. from Westmont College and her Ph.D. from Princeton University,
where she worked with Steven Bernasek. From there, she did her postdoctoral work
at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
She joined the faculty of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges
William M. Stigliani, left, is Professor of Chemistry, and develops curricula and teaches sustainability courses at the University of Northern Iowa.