Sadly, as I am preening the Albatross I have almost no time to write about science: such posts are much, much harder than posts on politics and atheism. Fortunately, the Albatross is almost at her nesting ground.
Coincidentally, Matthew finished his book the same day as I did, and, yesterday, as I was going through my bibliography (mindless grunt work), I got this note from Matthew:
Going through bibliography, nearly fixed it all. Amused to discover I had left out Watson and Crick (1953a,b)
Not two minutes before that, I discovered that I had cited Darwin but had left Darwin (1859) out of the bibliography. Coincidence? Or God?
At any rate, I’d like to tout Matthew’s book, even though it won’t be out till June 20, published by Profile Books. I’ve read bits of it and it’s very good. Those with an interest in biology—or science in general—will like it.
Here’s the draft cover (notice the cleverly colored letters):
It looks at how the idea of genetic information came to be, covering 20 years of post-war science and technology. Most of it is on the struggle to unravel the genetic code, but it also deals with stuff like introns and exons, artificial genetic codes, and the perennial New Paradigm of Evolution: epigenetics (fortunately, Matthew’s assessment of that is clear-eyed).
As for The Albatross, I am informed by my publishers that I will be killed if I divulge any information about it. All I can say is that you have a rough idea of the topic, and I promise that it is a real, genuine book, not a warmed-over collection of website posts. Oh, and you have to buy it. Srsly.