New species book contract!

Hi all. I have signed a new contract with Taylor and Francis for my revision of the species book, which is now to be known as Species: The History and Philosophy of the Idea. Much will be new in it – I will be fixing and expanding on many topics, adding an entire review of the philosophy of species, and even proposing my own (and coauthor’s – Hi Brent!) solution. I’m quite sure this will solve the species problem once and for all </sarcasm>.

So I am beavering away now, and would welcome any and all suggestions for additions or revisions. I would particularly like any information about historical figures (such as Bonnet) that is relevant. Any mistakes (yes, I know the Jordan mistake and have corrected it), please shout them out.

Also, I want to change the cover image if I can and for that I need licensing-free pics. Given the role that the Barnacle Goose/Goosenecked Barnacle story plays in the text, can anyone offer some good images of these two species? I will personally ensure you receive a few copies and my eternal gratitude.

I look forward to your comments, ideas and expressions of sympathy.

5 thoughts on “New species book contract!

  1. Sounds good. A quick look on at out-of-copyright books finds a few mentions of barnacles and geese – TJ Banfield has a photo of what I think is a goose-necked barnacle but the quality is not tremendous (Tropic Days, p106).

  2. “So I am beavering away now”

    My fav medieval animal hands down is the Barnacle goose second to that the beaver (if only they could talk!).

    Point of contrast on words and things: Isidore & Creation.

    “Isidore of Seville inhabited a world of words, of capacious libraries and labyrinthine encyclopaedias. His most famous composition the Etymologies or Orgins- reflects this perfectly.. the Etymologies is itself a monument to human enquiry and to the vast scope of creation… In so doing, Isidore created a seminal and wide ranging survey of knowledege as it stood in the Latin west at the start of the seventh century AD…. it is the scriptorium, and the intimacy of the connected arts of reading, writing and reflection that lie at the emotional heart of Isidores work.”

    Andy Merrills, On Words and Things, in J. Konig, G. Woolf (ed) Encyclopaedism From Antiquity to the Renaissance


    Noting that “more on the modern debates” is on your list of ideas for the new edition, may I remind you John of our previous correspondence relating to the history of speciation. If “modern” be assumed to encompass Darwin onwards, then, at least in your closing chapters you could summarize the situation, which has moved rapidly in the past two decades and, from my perspective, has lent greater credence to the writings of Darwin’s research associate, George Romanes, the geneticist William Bateson, and, above all, the polymathic Samuel Butler.

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