Sunday, 1 February 2009

Coming soon...


Art and design by Dave Ng of The World's Fair, art by Glendon Mellow of The Flying Trilobite.
Editor, Jennifer Rohn of Mind the Gap, series editor Bora Zivkovic of A Blog Around The Clock. Winning contributers listed here, cartoon & poem here.

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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow under Creative Commons Licence.

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6 comments:

Raptor Lewis said...

Sounds interesting, Glendon. Is this another science carnval? Man, I've got enough care about. Heard about Art Evolved yet? I guess that makes 3 carnivals then: Boneyard, Art Evolved, and now this.

Glendon Mellow said...

Not a carnival, Raptor, this one is a book.

It's a collected anthology of the best in science blogging of the year, 3rd edition. If you follow the link, you can find links to the winning entries.

Anyone could submit posts (I believe over 400 were submitted), then they were judged by a team of editors, and overseen by the editor, Jennifer Rohn.

I helped contribute to the cover art along with Dave Ng.

Should be on sale very soon!

Sean Craven said...

The XKCD comic that won --

http://xkcd.com/435/

-- reminded me very strongly of a passage from the second volume of my novel-in-progress. Here it is.

Carl grinned, for real this time, and lifted his hand. "Just yanking your chain there. So what do you know about Schwarzschild radii anyway?"

I shrugged. "I think Schwarzschild developed the formulas that describe the behaviors of gravitational fields, and that the Schwarzschild radius represents a sort of mathematical limit and all that black-hole time-stretching stuff, but I'm pretty fucking ignorant here. I'm more into the life sciences."

"You know what Rutherford said." Carl set his beer down on its coaster and reached into his pocket. "Physics is the only real science and everything else is bug collecting."

I decided to look that quote up next chance I got; it sounded off to me.

"But isn't that one of the ultimate goals," I said. "Get to the point where you can describe the bug collecting in terms of physics?"

Carl wrinkled his forehead at me, and I could tell that I was close to saying something stupid. The lines of the grid were heaviest, clearest where they emerged from his body; he was the center.

"Okay," I said. Don't be stupid in front of a Dartmouth grad! "So Rutherford's got a good point in that science is at its strongest, its purest if you will, is at the point where it interfaces the most directly with mathematics – where the physical world can be successfully modeled using math. That's physics."

Carl nodded; I was making it.

"When you can actually describe a butterfly – and when I say butterfly, I don't just mean its physical structure from the Planck level up, I mean its behavior, the way it fits into the ecology, all the ways in which it exists – and describe it in the mathematics of physics, then you've achieved real, substantial scientific knowledge of the world."

Carl clapped his hands. "Very inspirational. But butterfly collecting is still butterfly collecting."

"Fuck it," I said and grinned and waved my beer at him. "You know, dude, I got to tell you. Every time I hear a physicist talk about how hard their science is it gives me a curious sense of penile adequacy."

Glendon Mellow said...

Fantastic, Sean!

PalMD said...

no offense to earlier designers, but this cover rocks so much harder than previous (and of course it doesn't suck that I have a piece in this one)

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks PalMD! Dave Ng is a design wizard.

Great to make you acquaintance in the SF on science blogs session.

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