This is to let you know that Mathematics for Sustainability is being prepared for production by Springer, and that I anticipate publication in late April or early May this year. I write now because I know that some of you are planning courses for Fall 2018 and have asked me about the availability of the book. It will be available! What’s more, Springer has a landing page for the book right now. Not every detail of the page is filled in yet, but you can request an online review copy of the book now, and I encourage you to do so if you are thinking about using Mathematics for Sustainability yourself or of recommending it to your college or department.
This picture shows coauthor Russ at the Joint Mathematics Meeting holding a “mock-up” copy of the book. I expect our final cover will be a little bit more colorful, but you can see that this book is full of content – in fact, there are 400 pages of mathematical content beginning with Units and Measurement and ending with Decision-Making and Ethics, followed by more than 100 pages of case studies and supporting material. It’s a big book but I believe it remains accessible to our (and your) target student group: those who took high school algebra and find they need three credits of “quantitative reasoning” to finish their college education, but who otherwise may not be especially turned on by math. I have come to believe that these students are an important group who we can and should serve better, and this book is offered as a contribution to that process,
I myself will very likely not be around to hear what use you make of Math for Sustainability. It is therefore with a sense of ‘passing on a legacy’ that I write to tell you of its impending publication. I hope you enjoy the book too!