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November 5th, 2017: Matthew Watkins has a new book coming out. It's not mathematics this time, but rather a highly unusual history book. It began life as a fairly conventional local history and then got out of hand, gradually evolving into a kind of cosmic history! You Are Here: The biography of a moment has three illustrators, one of whom is Secrets of Creation trilogy illustrator Matt Tweed. The only other thing to carry over from SoC is the logarithmic spiral, which acts as a device to subdivide the timeline into ever-decreasing intervals. The book is to be published by The Inamorata Press on 1st Feburary 2018, but for now you can check it out (and perhaps get yourself a pre-release copy) here.

February 5th, 2017: We've had our second winner in our "prime tweeting" competition (see below). John Castro hit the prime number 821,352,689,258,864,641 with a tweet and will be receiving a free copy of Volume 1.

June 23rd, 2016: Author Alex Bellos recently featured as a guest on comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long's podcast "Book Shambles" enthusing at some length about the trilogy ("totally bonkers, but brilliant... unknown, but should be a bestseller", etc.). You can hear it here (he's talking about the trilogy from 35:50).

March 30th, 2015: We've had our first winner in our "prime tweeting" competition (see below). Caroline Williams hit the prime number 582,265,470,079,860,737 with a tweet and will be receiving a free copy of Volume 1.

March 29th, 2015: We've launched a prime-number-themed giveaway on Twitter. Although most people never notice this, every tweet is encoded with a unique 18-digit number. The first three people to tweet the image below and the hashtag #mysteryofprimes who "hit a prime" will win a free copy of Volume 1. Winners will be announced here.

You can check whether your tweet ID's are prime using this online factorising tool.


March 27th, 2015: Publication day! A long time coming...

March 26th, 2015: My free copies of the new editions arrived. Love the new covers!

February 10th, 2015: The entire Secrets of Creation trilogy is to be republished by Liberalis Books on 27th March. Illustrator Matt Tweed has designed some new covers (you can see these on Amazon where the new editions are currently available for preorder), but the content is unchanged other than a few corrected errata. Very exciting news!

July 29th, 2013: Having returned from WOMAD festival where I was doing my freestyle performance mathematics thing (as Prof. Raphael Appleblossom), the first printed copies were awaiting me. The amount of pre-orders has been very encouraging, but promoting the trilogy now becomes the main priority. Get in touch if you have any ideas!

Oh, and I was taught the best maths-related joke ever at WOMAD:
Q: What did the "B" in "Benoit B. Mandelbrot" stand for?
A: "Benoit B. Mandelbrot!"

July 10th, 2013: Finally done! After a few days working together at Inamorata HQ in Dursley, we've finished Volume 3, which is now available for pre-order. The first printed copies should be available by about July 20th. Watch this space!

May 14th, 2013: Just discovered an excellent new review for Volume 1 online.

April 10th, 2013: Having missed our Spring Equinox deadline (various delays with proofreading and illustration-related technicalities), we've decided to push the release date for Volume 3 back to early June. To those of you who've read the first two and are awaiting the final installment, we're sorry to keep you waiting! But it will be a better book as a result of these delays.

March 11th, 2013: I was on the phone to Santa Fe, New Mexico yesterday doing an interview about the trilogy with mathematical blogger Sol Lederman. He's already posted it as an unedited 74 minute audio file here (while you're at his site, scroll down and check out the video of a Stanford Univ. student solving a Rubik's Cube while juggling!).

March 10th, 2013: I just found out that popular mathematics author Ian Stewart has included Volume 1 in the "Further Reading" list of his latest book, Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems. Thanks Ian!

March 1st, 2013: Volume 3 is now at the proofreading stage, so we're hoping to have it ready for the spring equinox! Some kind of multimedia happening (rather than the traditional kind of book launch) is also being discussed to celebrate the completion of the trilogy. Stay tuned...

January 2nd, 2013: The Math-Frolic! blog has posted the piece "Matthew Watkins...Off the Beaten Path!", based on an interview I did for them.

November 6th, 2012: Someone from the (very cool, nonprofit) Khan Academy has just been in touch, eager to collaborate on a video project. This could be a really helpful step forward for the Secrets of Creation trilogy!

November 5th, 2012: Things are coming along nicely with Volume 3. Matt T and I spent a few days out on Lundy Island recently working on the graphical side of it, particularly the ending. We've come up with something we're very excited about. It's still possible the book will be ready before the end of the year, but we're not going to rush unnecessarily — an early 2013 release may be the way this turns out.

July 14th, 2012: Brent Yorgey's Math Less Travelled blog has just run a very positive review of Volume 2.

January 15th, 2012: Volume 2 is now fully ready and available for sale! Now on to V3...

New Years Eve, 2011: Matt T put the finishing touches on Volume 2! We achieved our deadline of finishing the book in 2011 by a matter of hours, and then had a very pleasant and well-deserved remainder-of-New-Years-Eve. Keep an eye on the website, as the book should be available for purchase in a matter of days. Now on to Volume 3 – phew...

November 15th 2011: Matt T and I have been busy working on Volume 2. It's about 95%+ completed, with draft copies now having been supplied to our proofreaders. Just a few more illustrations to complete, some minor layout issues, etc. We learned a huge amount in the process of completing Volume 1, so our workflow is a lot more efficient this time and we're confident that the new book will be ready for publication before the end of 2011. If you're interested in pre-ordering a copy, please contact us.

In the mean time, we've been and surprised and delighted by all the positive feedback the first book has received. These include endorsements from the eminent physicist Sir Roger Penrose, best-selling popular maths authors Ian Stewart and Cliff Pickover and one of my cultural heros, the musician/poet/storyteller/bard Robin Williamson (he of the Incredible String Band). A few maths bloggers have also been extremely supportive of the project. Unfortunately, this has yet to be reflected in our book sales, but it's early days still...

Also, someone has very kindly set up a Facebook 'fan page' for the book. I personally dislike and refuse to use Facebook, but I'm not going to complain about the existence of this page! In fact, if you're a Facebook user, I'd encourage you to check it out and "befriend" it (or "like" it, or whatever it is that you do with such things) – here.

June 9th 2011: We just got reviewed in the Times Higher Education, a wholly positive review by Nobel physics laureate Brian Josephson (Trinity College, Cambridge)! This is particularly good news, considering that the THE's usual policy is not to review self-published works. And it took up 2/3 of a page. With any luck this might lead to a few more reviews in high places. The online version of the review is here, whereas the printed version looks like this.

Matthew W