Consider A Spherical Cow / Edition 1

Consider A Spherical Cow / Edition 1

by Harte
ISBN-10:
093570258X
ISBN-13:
9780935702583
Pub. Date:
06/28/1988
Publisher:
University Science Books

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ISBN-13: 9780935702583
Publisher: University Science Books
Publication date: 06/28/1988
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 283
Sales rank: 666,495
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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In 1989, I took an undergraduate environmental problem solving course from Prof. Harte, and he used his book. Today, I am two months from finishing my Ph.D. in ecological restoration. I now use his book to teach my students how to 'use relatively simple mathematical methods to understand how planet Earth and its inhabitants interact.' The book is comprised of individual problem sets or questions. Here is one simple/short one as an exampe: At about what rate could electricity be produced by burning everybody's junk mail in the United States, assuming a conversion efficiency from heat to electricity of 30%? Would you believe roughly one fourth the power output from one typical, modern (1988) nuclear or coal-fired electric power plant. In this book is the mathematical logic to support this and other interesting questions.