The Mark of the Sacred

By Jean-Pierre Dupuy; M. B. Debevoise | Go to book overview

Note on the Translation

This translation of La marque du sacré constitutes a revised edition of the work first published in Paris in 2009. The French text has been altered in several places by the author himself, and other small, but significant changes have been made for the sake of clarity, with his approval. I am grateful to Jean-Pierre Dupuy for his extensive comments on an annotated draft manuscript.

Most of the estimates of the rate of climate change in the French edition have been removed. The temptation to replace them with current estimates has been resisted, since these too will soon be superseded by new research and readers can in any case consult updated reports through a variety of published sources. The present position of the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock has nevertheless been noted to reflect the most recent appraisal of the scale of the dangers facing the world, and web-page addresses given in the notes have been amended as necessary. Minor errors of fact in the original edition have been silently corrected.

Bibliographic information has been considerably expanded as a courtesy to both scholars and general readers, and standard English translations of works in French and German cited wherever possible. With regard to quotations from the Old and New Testaments, I have relied on the Revised Standard Version of 1952 in preference to the New King James Bible and other still newer editions.

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