Authored by Wendy Curtis
Contributions by Evan Penn Serio, Arianna Bruno, Michelle Kroll, and others
Winner of the Independent Publishers Silver Medal Award, Science category - IPPY 2015.
Upon opening this book the reader is embarking on a visual odyssey through vast cosmic stretches of space and time, from the moment the Universe is born to the present. The illustrations lead the chronological unfolding of events and the words support the illustrations.
October 1, 2014
by Wendy Curtis
In our previous news post, GeoBookStudio had asked for your help in funding the digitalization of a number of science films. We are excited to say that the project met it deadline and we would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to all of our supporters who helped make OBTAINIUM: Digitalizing the Reel Life films of Lynn Margulis a success! Lynn loved science and people and ideas. She welcomed me and the people who were helping me with my book to audit her class on evolutionary biology. I was fortunate to have gotten to know her and she was supportive of our projects- although mostly by telling us what was missing! Some of her students helped me with research and illustrations and it is one of them - Jim MacAllister - who undertook the role of running this campaign. We are so pleased that these films, as part of Lynn's legacy, will be preserved!
September 27, 2014
by Wendy Curtis
Dear friends, family, and colleagues,
I am writing to ask you to consider contributing to a campaign to digitize and thus save for posterity a number of films that were made by American scientists in the 1970’s. These films were selected by Lynn Margulis, the late great scientific maverick, as being important to our scientific heritage. Lynn had begun the process of having the films digitized before her unexpected death in 2011. The films were made in the nineteen seventies, when the U.S. was a world leader in the development of new scientific ideas, and were funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. The amount needed to save these films from disintegration is only a minute fraction of that original investment.
Read more about this project Here.
August 11, 2014
by Evan Penn Serio
GeoBookStudio Team was thrilled to attend the International Big History Association's Conference in San Rafael, California. From the opening geologic fieldtrip to the numerous panels by prominent writers and researchers in the nacent field of Big History (including David Christian, Cynthia Stokes Brown, Fred Spier, Craig Benjamin, Lowell Gustafson, Esther Quaedackers, and David Baker, among many others), we enjoyed the chance to discuss issues, to get to know fellow Big Historians, and to see the next rounds of challenges in this field expose themselves. It was also a great opportunity to show our work to the critical eyes of our peers.
GeoBookStudio President, Wendy Curtis gave a presentation on how the use of graphics in a narrative facilitates the development of that body of work, by making it amenable to emergent properties that are much less obvious in a text-only version.
Read more about Wendy's presentation Here.