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PRICE OF PROSPERITY
Civilization and the Natural World
Byron E. Wall
The Price of
Prosperity: Civilization and the Natural World is a historical analysis of the
impact of human civilization on the natural environment in which we live.
The thesis of the book is that no matter how human civilization may be
defined, it has has been at a material cost to the environment, and there
is no way around that. On the other hand, throughout history people have
made many stupid or thoughtless actions that have caused unnecessary harm
to the precious environment that supports us. The book may be viewed as a
history of human civilization from the point of view of its affect on the
environment. It was written for use in undergraduate survey courses on
science, society, and the environment.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published in 2004.
$39.95 (Cdn), $33.95 (US)
Byron Wall is Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics at York
University in Toronto, Canada.
He is also the Coordinator of the Science & Technology Studies
Program and teaches in the Division of Natural Science of the Faculty of
Science & Engineering at York
University. He has
a Ph.D. from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and
Technology and an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management, both at
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Emerson Inc. - All rights reserved.