Publishers Weekly calls it “Achingly beautiful” and Jim Harrison says it’s “an immediate classic.” Tracks and Shadows is both an absorbing autobiography of a celebrated field biologist and a celebration of beauty in nature. Harry W. Greene, award-winning author of Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, delves into the poetry of field biology, showing how nature eases our existential quandaries. More than a memoir, the book is about the wonder of snakes, the beauty of studying and understanding natural history, and the importance of sharing the love of nature with humanity.
Nathan Schneider, author of the forthcoming book God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet (June 2013) is running a contest over at his website, The Row Boat, in which he asks readers to draw a proof of what they believe. Read Schneider’s description of the contest below.
For as long as I’ve been interested in the search for proofs about the existence of God, I’ve been interested in drawing them. Words and equations just didn’t seem like enough; to wrap my head around what these constructs were expressing, and to try to communicate them to others, I had to make pictures. As I wrote my new book, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet, I was drawing every step of the way — and my publisher, University of California Press, let me stick some of my pictures in the text.
In doing, I soon discovered, I was retracing the history of proof itself. Long before the mathematical symbols and notation we generally use today, ancient proofs were drawn in diagrams and images.
Now that the book is finished, I want to share the fun I’ve been having by making these drawings with you. The press has agreed to pony up some free books for a drawing contest, and here’s how to win one: Draw a proof of something, divine or otherwise, and tweet a scan or photo of it to #GodInProof, along with any explanation you’d like to add. (You can also email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Selected proofs will appear here, where they’ll be entered for a chance to win a free book. Entries with the highest number of social media shares win. Multiple submissions are allowed, but only one book is allowed per winning author.
Download the PDF version of the contest postcard here.
As some of you may have heard, we’ll be releasing The Autobiography of Mark Twain later this year. Heck, we’ve even put up a lovely website, thisismarktwain.com, to highlight some of the new material to be found only in the Autobiography. But we’re well aware that readers of Mark Twain have had years and years, over a 100 of them actually, to figure out what their favorite Mark Twain title is.
So let us know what it is and if we pick your name, we’ll send a galley of what promises to be your next favorite, the Autobiography (you were expecting maybe Roughing It?). Just send an email to email@example.com with My Favorite Mark Twain Title in the header by 9 am (pst) tomorrow, Sept 14, and you’ll be entered to win.
Winners will be announced via email, this blog, and our Facebook page at noon, Pacific Time, tomorrow, September 14, 2010. One entry per email address, please.
If you enter and don’t win, don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of chances to win through the rest of the year, so stay tuned.