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The 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award Winner

The winner of the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science is The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't , by Nate Silver , published by The Penguin Press

Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science  List of Previous Winners

  • 2012    Philip Conkling, Richard Alley, Wallace Broecker and George Denton, The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change, (The MIT Press)
  • 2011    Burton Ritcher, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century  

             (Cambridge University Press) 

  • 2010    Melanie Mitchell, Complexity: A Guided Tour (Oxford University Press)
  • 2009    Harold Varmus, The Art and Politics of Science (W.W. Norton and Company)
  • 2008    Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Pantheon Books)
  • 2007    Sean B. Carroll, The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Record of Evolution
                  (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  • 2006     William F. Ruddiman, Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took 
                 
    Control of Climate (Princeton University Press)
  • 2005     Chris Beard, The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of 
                 
    Monkeys, Apes and Humans (University of California Press)
  • 2004     James Gleick, Issac Newton (Pantheon Books)
     
  • 2003     Andrew H. Knoll, Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of 
                 
    Evolution on Earth (Princeton University Press)
  • 2002     William H. Calvin, A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution & Abrupt Climate 
                 
    Change (The University of Chicago Press)
  • 2001     Richard B. Alley, The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate 
                 
    Change, and Our Future (Princeton University Press)
  • 2000     J. William Schopf, Cradle of Life: The Discovery of the Earth's Earliest Fossils 
                 
    (Princeton University Press)
  • 1999     Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the 
                 
    Quest for the Ultimate Theory (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • 1998     Pat Shipman, Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx & The Evolution of Bird Flight (Simon
                  & Schuster)
  • 1997     Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel (Norton)
     
  • 1996     David Lindley, Where Does the Weirdness Go?  Why Quantum Mechanics Is 
                 
    Strange, But Not as Strange as You Think (Basic Books)
  • 1995     Edward O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler, Journey to the Ants:  A Story of
                 
    Scientific Exploration (Harvard University Press)
  • 1994     Kip S. Thorne, Black Holes & Time Warps:  Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy
                 
    (Norton)
  • 1993     Garrett Hardin, Living Within Limits:  Ecology, Economics, and Population 
                  
    Taboos (Oxford University Press)
  • 1992     Ernst Mayr, One Long Argument:   Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern 
                  
    Evolutionary Thought (Harvard University Press)
  • 1991     Edward R. Tufte, Envisioning Information (Graphics Press)
     
  • 1990     Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life:  The Burgess Shale and the Nature of 
                 
    History (Norton)
  • 1989     David Park, The How And The Why:  An Essay on the Origins and Development
                 
    of Physical Theory (Princeton University Press)
  • 1988     Freeman Dyson, Infinite in All Directions (Harper & Row)
     
  • 1987     Hugh D. Crone, Chemicals and Society:  A Guide to the New Chemical Age 
                 
    (Cambridge University Press)
  • 1986     Fred L. Whipple, The Mystery of Comets (Smithsonian Institution Press)
     
  • 1985     Norma E. Emerton, The Scientific Reinterpretation of Form (Cornell University
                  Press)
  • 1984     George Greenstein, Frozen Star:  Of Pulsars, Black Holes and the Fate of Stars 
                 
    (Freundlich Books)
  • 1983     Stephen Jay Gould, Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes:  Further Reflections in 
                  
    Natural History (Norton)
  • 1982     Sir Bernard Lovell, Emerging Cosmology (Columbia University Press)
     
  • 1981     Eric Chaisson, Cosmic Dawn:  The Origins of Matter and Life (Atlantic-Little, 
                  Brown)
  • 1980     David A. Park, The Image of Eternity:  Roots of Time in the Physical World
                 
    (University of Massachusetts Press)
  • 1979     John Imbrie and Katherine Palmer Imbrie, Ice Ages:  Solving the Mystery
                 
    (Enslow Publishers)
  • 1978     Colin Blakemore, Mechanics of the Mind (Cambridge University Press)
     
  • 1977     Gerard K. O’Neill, The High Frontier:  Human Colonies in Space 
                 
    (William Morrow)
  • 1976     William W. Warner, Beautiful Swimmers:  Watermen, Crabs and the 
                 
    Chesapeake Bay (Atlantic-Little, Brown)
  • 1975     Guido Majno, The Healing Hand:  Man and Wound in the Ancient World 
                 
    (Harvard University Press)
  • 1974     Howard E. Gruber and Paul H. Barrett, Darwin on Man (Harvard University
                 
    Press)
  • 1973     Herman H. Goldstine, The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann 
                 
    (Princeton University Press)
  • 1972     Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle:  Nature, Man and Technology (Knopf)
     
  • 1971     Linus Pauling, Vitamin C and the Common Cold (W. H. Freeman)
     
  • 1970     John and Mildred Teal, The Life and Death of a Salt Marsh
                 
    (Atlantic-Little, Brown)
  • 1969     G. J. V. Nossal, Antibodies and Immunity (Basic Books)
     
  • 1968     Sir Alister Hardy, Great Waters ( Harper & Row)
     
  • 1967     Haig P. Papazian, Modern Genetics (W. W. Norton)
     
  • 1966     Rene Dubos, Man Adapting (Yale University Press)
     
  • 1965     Donald R. Griffin, Bird Migration (Anchor Science Study Series, Doubleday)
     
  • 1964     Verne Grant, The Origin of Adaptations (Columbia University Press)
     
  • 1963     Rene Dubos, The Unseen World (The Rockefeller Institute Press in 
                  association with the Oxford University Press)
  • 1962     James L. Dyson, The World of Ice (Knopf)
     
  • 1961     Martin Lindauer, Communication Among Social Bees (Harvard University Press)
     

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