Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science Winners


2019 Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth by Adam Frank (W.W. Norton & Co.) 
2018 Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky (Penguin Press)
2017 The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
2016 The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by Thor Hanson (Basic Books)
2015 Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle by  Douglas J. Emlen (Henry Holt & Co.)
2014 Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian  by A. Douglas Stone (Princeton University Press)
2013 The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't  by Nate Silver (The Penguin Press)
2012 The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change  by Philip Conkling, Richard Alley, Wallace Broecker and George Denton (The MIT Press) 
2011 Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st  by Burton Ritcher (Cambridge University Press)
2010 Complexity: A Guided Tour  by Melanie Mitchell (Oxford University Press)
2009 The Art and Politics of Science  by Harold Varmus (W.W. Norton and Company)
2008Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body  by Neil Shubin (Pantheon Books) 
2007 The Making of the Fittest  by Sean B. Carroll (W.W. Norton and Company)
2006 Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Control of Climate  by William F. Ruddiman (Princeton University Press) 
2005 The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins Monkeys, Apes and Humans  by Chris Beard (University of California Press) 
2004 Issac Newton  by James Gleick (Pantheon Books) 
2003 Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth  by Andrew H. Knoll (Princeton University Press) 
2002 A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution & Abrupt Climate Change  by William H. Calvin (The University of Chicago Press) 
2001 The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future  by Richard B. Alley (Princeton University Press)
2000 Cradle of Life: The Discovery of the Earth's Earliest Fossils  by J.William Schopf (Princeton University Press) 
1999 The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory  by Brian Greene (W. W. Norton & Company)
1998 Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx & The Evolution of Bird Flight  by Pat Shipman (Simon & Schuester)
1997 Guns, Germs, and Steel  by Jared Diamond (Norton) 
1996 Where Does the Weirdness Go? Why Quantum Mechanics Is Strange, But Not as Strange as You Think, and Steel  by David Lindley (Basic Books)
1995 Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration  by Edward O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler (Harvard University Press)
1994  Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy  by Kip S.Thorne (Norton) 
1993  Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos  by Garrett Hardin (Oxford University Press)
1992 One Long Argument: Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought  by Ernst Mayr (Harvard University Press) 
1991  Envisioning Information  by Edward R. Tufte (Graphics Press) 
1990 Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History  by Stephen Jay Gould (Norton) 
1989 The How And The Why: An Essay on the Origins and Development of Physical Theory  by David Park (Princeton University Press)
1988 Infinite in All Directions by Freeman Dyson (Harper & Row)
1987 Chemicals and Society: A Guide to the New Chemical Age  by Hugh D. Crone (Cambridge University Press)
1986 The Mystery of Comets  by Fred L. Whipple (Smithsonian Institution Press)
1985 The Scientific Reinterpretation of Form  by Norma E. Emerton (Cornell University Press)
1984 Frozen Star: Of Pulsars, Black Holes and the Fate of Stars  by George Greenstein (Freundlich Books)
1983 Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould (Norton)
1982 Emerging Cosmology by Sir Bernard Lovell (Columbia University Press)
1981 Cosmic Dawn: The Origins of Matter and Life  by Eric Chaisson (Atlantic-Little, Brown)
1980 The Image of Eternity: Roots of Time in the Physical World by David A. Park (University of Massachusetts Press)
1979 Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery  by John Imbrie and Katherine Palmer Imbrie (Enslow Publishers)
1978 Mechanics of the Mind  by Colin Blakemore (Cambridge University Press)
1977 The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space  by Gerard K. O’Neill (William Morrow)
1976 Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay  by William W. Warner (Atlantic-Little, Brown)
1975 The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World  by Guido Majno (Harvard University Press)
1974 Darwin on Man  by Howard E. Gruber and Paul H. Barrett (Harvard University Press)
1973 The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann  by Herman H. Goldstine (Princeton University Press)
1972 The Closing Circle: Nature, Man and Technology  by Barry Commoner (Knopf)
1971  Vitamin C and the Common Cold   by Linus Pauling (W. H. Freeman)
1970 The Life and Death of a Salt Marsh  by John and Mildred Teal (Atlantic-Little, Brown)
1969 Antibodies and Immunity  by G. J. V. Nossal (Basic Books)
1968 Great Waters  by Sir Alister Hardy (Harper & Row)
1967 Modern Genetics  by Haig P. Papazian (W. W. Norton)
1966 Man Adapting  by Rene Dubos (Yale University Press)
1965 Bird Migration  by Donald R. Griffin (Anchor Science Study Series) 
1964 The Origin of Adaptations  by Verne Grant (Columbia University Press)
1963 The Unseen World  by Rene Dubos (The Rockefeller Institute Press association with the Oxford University Press)
1962 The World of Ice  by James L. Dyson (Knopf) 
1961 Communication Among Social Bees  by Martin Lindauer (Harvard University Press)