The book will be out later in November, pending review of the proof, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon.com at their crazy offer price of only $13.54. When it comes out, the book will hit Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, and other online booksellers.
63 weeks to mature
It's truly a privilege to publish these essays. When an author hands over a manuscript, they are trusting the publisher and editors to do justice not just to the words, but to the thoughts inside. And since it's impossible to pay dozens of authors, they did it all for nothing. To recognize their contributions to the community, we're donating $2 from every book sale to the AAPG Foundation. Perhaps the students that benefit from the Foundation will go on to share what they know.
This book took a little stamina, compared to 52 Things... Geophysics. We started inviting authors on 1 July 2012, and it took 442 days to get all the essays. As before, the first one came almost immediately; this time it was from George Pemberton, maintaining the tradition of amazing people being great champions for these projects. Indeed, Tony Doré — another star contributor — was a big reason the book got finished.
To whet your appetite, here are the first few chapters from the table of contents:
- Advice for a prospective geologist — Mark Myers, 14th Director of the USGS
- As easy as 1D, 2D, 3D — Nicholas Holgate, Aruna Mannie, and Chris Jackson
- Computational geology — Mark Dahl, exploration geologist at ConocoPhillips
- Coping with uncertainty — Duncan Irving at TeraData
- Geochemical alchemy — Richard Hardman, exploration legend
- Geological inversion — Evan Bianco of Agile
- Get a helicopter not a hammer — Alex Cullum of Statoil
Even this short list samples some of the breadth of topics, and the range of experience of the contributors. Nichlas and Aruna are PhD students of Chris Jackson at Imperial College London, and Richard Hardman is a legend on the UK exploration scene, with over 50 years of experience. Between them, the 42 authors have notched up over 850 career-years — the book is a small window into this epic span of geological thinking.
We're checking the proofs right now. The book should be out in about 2 weeks, just in time for St Barbara's day!
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