The Age of Everything

How Science Explores the Past

This very minimal web-page is just a place to compile material related to the book The Age of Everything: How Science Explores the Past which is being published by the University of Chicago Press (and is also available at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Powells, etc.).

The book has been translated into Spanish by Editorial Crítica. The Spanish version is entitled "Orígenes: La datación científica del pasado" and is available

More recently, the book was translated into Korean by Sallim Books, and information about this edition can be found


Some nice reviews of the book have appeared in a few places:
Anthony Doerr in the Boston Globe
Steve Goddard's History Wire
Steven Poole in the Gaurdian
J. Stephen Daly in The Paleontology Newsletter (see page 88)
R.E. Kelly IV in Choice (Can be read on-line through the New York Public Library website)
R. Dejaiffe in Ciel et Terre (Rough translation from the French here)
R. Stearley in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
D. Kay in Cosmos Magazine
R. Hoots for the National Science Teachers Association

Pascual Tamburri Bariain for el semanal
(of the spanish translation, Rough translation from the Spanish here)

And a more critical review may be found here:
John Gribbin in the Independent

Background, Updates, Errata and Miscellany

Here is a copy of the slides and lecture notes for the 2004 Compton Lectures that formed the basis for the book. I warn any reader that this stuff is pretty raw and it contains some glitches that got ironed out in the book. I also apologize for the really cruddy HTML formatting of the slides.

I started each of the lectures with a little cartoon to remind myself and my audience that I am not an authority on many of the subjects I discussed. I made similar cartoons to introduce each chapter of the book, but the consensus was that they were a little too cute and so they were dropped from the published book. For the curious, copies of those cartoons can be found here.

As I state in the introduction to the book, the subjects I cover are areas of active research, so I will post updates here on new findings that are relevant to the discussions in the book.

Finally, for the nit-pickers out there, here is an Erratum for the book. Most of the typos listed here were fixed in the paperback version of the book.