- Every one of my research-active faculty colleagues here looks at me like I'm absolutely stark raving bonkers for even considering this - I should be spending all my resources on my research.
- Right now, there is no text for this sort of thing at this level. There is real potential for a transformative effect if the book is good. If I wait 5 years, someone else will write the book instead of me.
- However long I think this will take, it will take longer.
- It would be very nice to feel like I'm having an educational impact on more than 20 students a year.
- I'm unlikely to get any support in this (time off from teaching, etc.) from my institution.
- I have it on good authority that the editor in question is very good, and that this publisher is generally as pleasurable to deal with as any.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
To write, or not to write
I've been talking with a major publishing house about writing a textbook based on my two-semester course sequence, Nanostructures and Nanotechnology I and II. I've been teaching these classes for the last several years, and they've been very successful. The editor has sent out a detailed outline of my ideas, and the feedback from reviewers has been very positive. That's nice and validating, but I remain pretty conflicted about doing this. I know a few things:
Posted by Douglas Natelson at 6:47 AM