We, the below printed editors, are preparing a book to be published by Springer on the topic, "Origins of Design in Nature". We think that you might have something important to say on this matter, and would like to invite you to be an author and a dialoguer. Our plan is to ask you to draft your chapter’s manuscript for:
Gordon, R., L. Stillwaggon Swan & J. Seckbach, Eds. (2011). Origins of Design in Nature. Dordrecht, Springer.
by September 1, 2010. We would then circulate the chapters to all of the authors, and maybe a few other people, for dialogue. The dialogue would generally be by e-mail, with copies sent to us (the editors) and it would appear at the end of each chapter.
If you are interested in participating in this new volume, please send to all of us (emails above) a tentative title for your chapter, as well as a very brief (200 word) abstract. We will send further information (a formal invitation and Springer writing style guidelines) to all invited authors.
We hope that you could then manage to attend the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB, http://www.ishpssb.org/) meeting in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA) July 10th-16th 2011, where you would present your thoughts to a wider audience. We would record the sessions, and add dialogue with the audience to the text. After the meeting we would submit the lot for publication.
We have no travel funds to offer, but with your backing may be able to apply for some. Attendance at the ISHPSSB is not mandatory, though we hope you will be able to join us there.
We look forward to your reply. The CFP is available here in PDF format. Apologies for cross-postings.
Liz Stillwaggon Swan
cc: Dick Gordon, Joseph Seckbach