16 September 2008

The book what I wrote (or edited)

I don't generally shout about my publications here, but this one holds a special place in my heart...

It is (literally in some cases) the blood, sweat and tears of 60 dedicated and extremely talented science writers. I would say it was my* pleasure to edit their scribblings, but four months of working until 10pm, and logging into my email on Boxing Day won't be easily forgotten.

Anyhoo, I present to you, dear friends, the Little Black Book of Science... er... scratch that... it appears the publishers have changed the name without telling us.... I present to you, dear friends, Defining Moments in Science. Huzzah!

In case the title doesn't say it all, it's (according to the publishers):

"Over a Century of the Greatest Scientists, Discoveries, Inventions and Events That Rocked the Scientific World"

And here it is (click through to Amazon):

I won't actually be opening it myself - just in case I spot a typo - but enjoy.

*When I say "my", I mean "our" - there were a couple of others involved. They know who they are.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have heard that this book is written by some of the most talented individuals in the science writing world.

Leila said...

Congratulations Hayley - you must be really proud. I'll be shuffling into Oxford tomorrow to buy myself a copy. Can't wait to see what the finished product looks like!

Anonymous said...

I heard that the contributors were actually the result of a genetic experiment to cross Ernest Hemingway with Albert Einstein.

Mind you, I also heard that they ended up with Hemingway's grasp of General Relativity and Einstein's dress sense.

Anonymous said...

The great minds of the 21st century conspire. Science communicated.

Captain Doug said...

Ok, that might be one of the most exciting things ever: If you search Amazon for Hayley Birch you actually get the book! If you search my name you get ORIGINAL PRINTED PATENT APPLICATION NUMBER 22,119 FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN VAPOUR BURNING LAMPS. (1910) (Hardcover), so I don't think I get to be proud of that one.

Also it has a five star review! Or is that someone you know being nice?

Hayley said...

Wow, so you're a time agent now too? It doesn't surprise me to be honest. The five star review, I suspect, is the handiwork of one of the other editors. But you never know... someone might actually have liked it.

Captain Doug said...

Not sure I am a Time Agent yet, but perhaps I will be one and then feel the need to improve Vapour Lamps.

Ne said...

Excellent.

Well done to all involved (including me. Hell, ESPECIALLY me for the one or two that I wrote;) ).

Props to you for the editor graft.

Shadrac Stonyfacial said...

The best articles are those by Andrew Impney. He's the star of the show. Now, if only he really existed...