About the book
The book is freely downloadable under a Creative Commons license as a PDF and low cost printed copies can be purchased from lulu.com. This web site will be used for information relating to the book, and other pertinent announcements. We also have a discussion group for questions and conversation related to the book.
Monday, 31 March 2008
Tyler Hutchison (the Field Guide's cover artist) and I have uploaded all our EuroGP/EvoStar 2008 photos to Flickr. This includes several shots by Tyler of the grand unveiling of the Field Guide, including this photo of Bill and Wolfgang Banzhaf discussing the book. We also have photos from other EvoStar events such as Bill receiving his EvoStar award, and shots around the city of Naples.
This initial upload is without any cleaning or editing, so there's a fair amount of repetition, etc., but hopefully some folks will find it useful.
I know of one other batch of EvoStar photos that has already been uploaded: JJ Merelo has a nice EvoStar set on Flickr, and a slightly larger set that includes his sightseeing around Naples. If you have any photos from any part of the EvoStar event that you'd be willing to share, feel free to post a link in a comment here, or send us an e-mail at "authors AT gp-field-guide DOT uk DOT org". Being the vain creatures that we are, we're of course especially interested in photos of the book release and autographing :-), but any photos from the event are super cool!
Sunday, 30 March 2008
To quote from the acknowledgements:
We had the invaluable assistance of many people, and we are very grateful for their individual and collective efforts, often on very short timelines. Rick Riolo, Matthew Walker, Christian Gagne, Bob McKay, Giovanni Pazienza, and Lee Spector all provided useful suggestions based on an early technical report version. Yossi Borenstein, Caterina Cinel, Ellery Crane, Cecilia Di Chio, Stephen Dignum, Edgar Galván-López, Keisha Harriott, David Hunter, Lonny Johnson, Ahmed Kattan, Robert Keller, Andy Korth, Yevgeniya Kovalchuk, Simon Lucas, Wayne Manselle, Alberto Moraglio, Oliver Oechsle, Francisco Sepulveda, Elias Tawil, Edward Tsang, William Tozier and Christian Wagner all contributed to the final proofreading festival. Their sharp eyes and hard work did much to make the book better; any remaining errors or omissions are obviously the sole responsibility of the authors.
Thanks again to everyone who helped us get the book out the door!
Saturday, 29 March 2008
The previous recipients of the award include Field Guide author Riccardo Poli, as well as Jennifer Willies (the indefatigable admin that makes EvoStar happen year after year) and Wolfgang Banzhaf.
Congratulations to Bill - well done and well deserved! I'll shortly be posting photos of Bill receiving his award.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Last night's unveiling of A Field Guide to Genetic Programming was a huge success! We had one of the poster "stalls" with 50 copies of the book that we'd purchased from Lulu as our initial "print run". We were wearing cool t-shirts sporting that wonderful cover, had the nice poster shown to the right, and even had spiffy postcards with the cover to give away.
The book was a big hit with the Evo* crowd, and we sold out the full set of 50 pretty quickly. Lots of folks had us autograph their copies, many of which are now destined to be collector's items with the signatures of all three of the authors. Some even have the signature of Tyler Hutchison, who did the nifty cover art for us and helped a lot with the roll-out.
There were tons of photos taken at our booth, including candids of us signing and working the crowd, and posed shots with our cool Field Guide shirts. People have promised to send us photos and links, so check back in the next week or two for some of the finest in EC book release amateur photojournalism! (And if you've got a photo from the event, or a nifty shot of your copy in its place of pride on your bookshelves, please pass it along.)
As mentioned before, the book is now officially released and available to any and all via lulu.com, both in an inexpensive printed form (what we were selling last night) and as a free downloadable PDF.
So go check it out - 50 whole Field Guide fans can't be wrong!
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Thursday, 20 March 2008
We've ordered box or two of advance copies (a privilege of being the authors). They look really nice, and we're quite excited about the grand unveiling on Wednesday at EuroGP! For those of you coming to Naples, definitely stop by our table at the poster session that night -- you'll be able to check out printed copies and maybe even score a postcard featuring that wonderful cover :-).
Whether you're coming to EuroGP or not, we'll be "turning on" the Lulu site Wednesday, so people can buy printed copies and download the PDF for free. And as a teaser, the image above is the entire book, just really, really small! If you click on it you can see it a little bigger, but I still recommend waiting a few days for the Real Deal.
Monday, 10 March 2008
We ordered our first test copy a week or two ago just so we could see what the printing would look like from Lulu, what the cover would look like, and how some of our graphs and diagrams would turn out. It was quite exciting to see an actual copy, even if the insides where incomplete and in serious need of the proofreading that was to follow. It somehow made it all seem more real.
Things are currently on track for a late March release. Stay tuned for more details!