Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science

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The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science is given annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to authors of significant books in the fields of science and mathematics. The award was first given in 1959 to anthropologist Loren Eiseley.

Award winners[edit]

Year Book Author Subject
2013 The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail—but Some Don't Silver, NateNate Silver Statistics
2012 The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change Conkling, PhilipPhilip Conkling, Richard Alley, Wallace Broecker, and George Denton Global warming
2011 Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century Richter, BurtonBurton Richter Global warming
2010 Complexity: A Guided Tour Mitchell, MelanieMelanie Mitchell Complexity
2009 The Art and Politics of Science Varmus, HaroldHarold Varmus History of science
2008 Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Shubin, NeilNeil Shubin Biology
2007 The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution Carroll, Sean B.Sean B. Carroll Biology
2006 Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate Ruddiman, William F.William F. Ruddiman Climatology
2005 The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes and Humans Beard, K. ChristopherK. Christopher Beard Biology
2004 Isaac Newton Gleick, JamesJames Gleick Physics
2003 Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth Knoll, Andrew H.Andrew H. Knoll Biology
2002 A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution & Abrupt Climate Change Calvin, William H.William H. Calvin Climatology
2001 The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future Alley, Richard B.Richard B. Alley Climatology
2000 Cradle of Life: The Discovery of the Earth's Earliest Fossils Schopf, J. WilliamJ. William Schopf Paleontology
1999 The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Greene, BrianBrian Greene Cosmology
1998 Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx & The Evolution of Bird Flight Shipman, PatPat Shipman Paleontology
1997 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Diamond, JaredJared Diamond Sociology
1996 Where Does the Weirdness Go? Why Quantum Mechanics is Strange, But Not as Strange as You Think Lindley, DavidDavid Lindley Physics
1995 Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration Wilson, Edward O.Edward O. Wilson, Bert Hölldobler Biology
1994 Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy Thorne, KipKip Thorne Physics
1993 Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos Hardin, GarrettGarrett Hardin Ecology
1992 One Long Argument: Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought Mayr, Ernst W.Ernst W. Mayr Biology
1991 Envisioning Information Tufte, Edward R.Edward R. Tufte Statistics
1990 Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Gould, Stephen JayStephen Jay Gould Biology
1989 The How and the Why: An Essay on the Origins and Development of Physical Theory Park, David AllenDavid Allen Park Physics
1988 Infinite in All Directions Dyson, FreemanFreeman Dyson Cosmology
1987 Chemicals and Society: A Guide to the New Chemical Age Crone, Hugh D.Hugh D. Crone Chemistry
1986 The Mystery of Comets Whipple, Fred L.Fred L. Whipple Astronomy
1985 The Scientific Reinterpretation of Form Emerton, Norma E.Norma E. Emerton Science
1984 Frozen Star: Of Pulsars, Black Holes and the Fate of Stars Greenstein, GeorgeGeorge Greenstein Astronomy
1983 Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History Gould, Stephen JayStephen Jay Gould Biology
1982 Emerging Cosmology: Convergence Lovell, BernardBernard Lovell Cosmology
1981 Cosmic Dawn: The Origins of Matter and Life Chaisson, Eric J.Eric J. Chaisson Cosmology
1980 The Image of Eternity: Roots of Time in the Physical World Park, David AllenDavid Allen Park Physics
1979 Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery Imbrie, JohnJohn Imbrie and Katherine Palmer Imbrie Climatology
1978 Mechanics of the Mind Blakemore, ColinColin Blakemore Medicine
1977 The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space O'Neill, Gerard K.Gerard K. O'Neill Space colonization
1976 Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay Warner, William W.William W. Warner Biology
1975 The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World Majno, GuidoGuido Majno Medicine
1974 Darwin on Man: A Psychological Study of Scientific Creativity Gruber, Howard E.Howard E. Gruber, Paul H. Barrett Biology
1973 The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann Goldstine, Herman H.Herman H. Goldstine Computation
1972 The Closing Circle: Nature, Man and Technology Commoner, BarryBarry Commoner Sociology
1971 Vitamin C and the Common Cold Pauling, LinusLinus Pauling Medicine
1970 The Life and Death of a Salt Marsh Teal, JohnJohn Teal Ecology
1969 Antibodies and Immunity Nossal, Gustav J. G.Gustav J. G. Nossal Medicine
1968 Great waters: A Voyage of Natural History to Study Whales, Plankton, and the Waters of the Southern Ocean Hardy, AlisterAlister Hardy Biology
1967 Modern Genetics Papazian, Haig P.Haig P. Papazian Biology
1966 Man Adapting Dubos, RenéRené Dubos Medicine
1965 Bird Migration Griffin, Donald R.Donald R. Griffin Biology
1964 The Origin of Adaptations Grant, VerneVerne Grant Biology
1963 The Unseen World Dubos, RenéRené Dubos Biology
1962 The World of Ice Dyson, James L.James L. Dyson Climatology
1961 Communication Among Social Bees Lindauer, MartinMartin Lindauer Biology
1960 The Forest and the Sea Bates, MarstonMarston Bates Ecology
1959 Darwin’s Century: Evolution and the Men Who Discovered It Eiseley, LorenLoren Eiseley Biology

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