Wednesday, May 13, 2009

God's Philosophers Nears Publication

I am really excited about the upcoming publication of my book God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science. I have just sent the final corrected draft back to Icon’s excellent editor Sarah. Her comments on and changes to my initial effort have massively improved it as well as making it read more consistently. She will put through my last few corrections and send the draft for proofreading and typesetting. Once the book is typeset, it can be indexed and then dispatched for the production of proof copies. These should be out in early June for final checking before the printing of the book itself takes place in July. The release date is 6th August.

Meanwhile, the distributors have been taking orders from bookshops and fixing up promotions. As you can see, we have a new cover that uses a wonderful image of God designing the universe with a pair of compasses. This should appear on Amazon and elsewhere soon. The manuscript illumination comes from the front of a thirteenth century French bible now in the Austrian National Library. It is an excellent illustration of how medieval thinkers imaged God as a rational architect of the universe who used the tools of geometry and mathematics. We are also finalising the pictures and photographs to go inside the book. These will be in-text as I prefer rather than in a separate plates section. I have personally always found the plates in the middle a bit annoying – I want the pictures near the text they refer to.

We are now thinking about marketing and getting the book reviewed in as many places as possible. There will also be an event in London celebrating the launch. If any regular readers would like to come along, please drop me an email and I’ll see what I can do.

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Bjørn Are said...

I really dig the cover, believe me;-)

Layman said...


It is listed on Amazon here in the USA but shows what must be an earlier version of the cover?

I signed up to receive e-mail notice once it is available and added it to my Wish List.

Congratulations. I'm excited to be able to read it.

Anonymous said...

I am excited too.My preordered copy on Amazon goes down in price which I take to mean they are noticing an interest.Do aim also at America. Pity "Start the Week" is on holiday in August. Hope August is a good publishing month. Doesn't seem the best to me.
Best wishes

Kendalf said...

Congrats! I can imagine the excitement! Your online resources have been a great help for me! Looking forward to seeing your writing in print!

James said...

Thank you all for your kind words.

Yes, the Amazon cover is currently out of date

And yes, it's a well known image also on the cover of Grant's God and Reason and Finkelstein's Theology and Science.

Best wishes


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Bjørn Are said...

Ordered it long ago - and will recommend it again to all my friends. And foes.