Hurray! The day has finally come. If you haven’t already bought up your copy what are you waiting for?
Seriously, though, thanks to everyone who helped with the book (and to the many, many io9 readers who’ve asked questions over the years). As a gesture, here are my formal acknowledgements from the book:
Writing a book is fun, but you know what? It’s also hard work, and I wouldn’t have been able to get through it without the love, support, and feedback of a lot of people. First, and foremost, my wife, Emily Joy, has read every line and has given me the tough love that I so desperately need. I thank my family, and (though they didn’t give me any comments at all) my daughters, Willa and Lily.
Thanks to all of my friends and colleagues who provided comments and feedback on various parts of the draft and useful conversations: Sean Carroll, Rich Gott, Richard Henretta, Andy Hicks, Lynn Hoffman, Josh Kamensky, Adrienne Leonard, Sean Lynch, Kate Mason, Kevin Owens, John Peacock, Dawn Peterson, Tina Peters, Som Tyagi, Liz Fekete Trubey, and Enrico Vesperini.
I also want to acknowledge Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders, and everyone at io9.com. Annalee and Charlie Jane were very supportive throughout, and many of these topics were road tested at io9. I would also like to thank all of the readers whose comments helped identify roadblocks to comprehension (theirs and mine).
Not every academic environment smiles on popular science writing as a serious pursuit. I’d like to thank my department head, Michel Vallieres, and my dean, Donna Murasko, for taking the larger view of scholarly work.
I’d like to thank my agent, Andrew Stuart. Andrew did more than simply sell this book; he was an excellent sounding board and advocate and was instrumental in helping me find my voice. My editor, Stephen Morrow, and his outstanding assistant, Stephanie Hitchcock, were tough but fair with their virtual red pen and in stemming my natural verbosity (and trimming some of the more terrible jokes) they improved the book immensely. Thanks also to my amazing illustrator, Herb Thornby, who so deftly and beautifully conveyed ideas that my words may have otherwise obfuscated.
I also gratefully acknowledge Michael Blanton and the Sloan Digital Survey Collaboration for use of their data.
Finally, here are some fun places to go on the web and in real life today:
- At 2pm EDT (though you can start early), I’ll be doing a Reddit “Ask me Anything.” Please do.
- At 7pm EDT, I’ll be doing a reading and signing at the Barnes and Noble in Rittenhouse Square. Please come.
- Some very nice book blogs have had some very nice things to say about the Universe in the Rearview Mirror, including:
Goldberg is a simply wonderful guide to and through all the thickets of complexity and obscurity that one encounters along the road of trying to understand what makes everything tick.
from InfoDad, and
Even though the subject matter is undeniably complex and often abstract, Goldberg does a great job at describing it in ways that are not only easy to understand but also shamelessly entertaining.
from Lights in the Dark
Please do show them some love.