History Department
History Department

Hist. Science Colloq.: "From the Dissertation to the Book: Publishing a History of Einstein's Relativity"

Fri, October 16, 2009 | GAR 1.102

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The UT History of Science Colloquium presents a talk by Dr. Al Martínez, assistant professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, entitled "From the Dissertation to the Book: Publishing a History of Einstein's Relativity".

Professor Martínez will discuss the process that produced his new book: Kinematics: The Lost Origins of Einstein's Relativity. The presentation will cover:

  • selecting and developing publishable material from the dissertation,
  • how to contact publishers,
  • responding to anonymous reviewers,
  • interacting with editors, contract negotiations,
  • finishing the manuscript, copyediting, jacket artwork, and promotion.

"Writing and publishing this book was a war," Martínez comments, "but by discussing the difficulties in the process I hope that it helps us not to repeat my mistakes. Academic publishing is becoming increasingly challenging, but the rewards are well worthwhile."

Read the History Depts. article on Prof. Martínez's book

Sponsored by: UT History of Science Colloquium

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