Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science

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.[1]

Award winnersEdit

Source: Phi Beta Kappa Society

Year Book Author Subject
2018 Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Robert Sapolsky Biology
2017 The Gene: An intimate history Siddhartha Mukherjee Biology
2016 The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Thor Hansen Biology
2015 Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle Douglas J. Emlen Biology
2014 Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian A. Douglas Stone Quantum Physics
2013 The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail—but Some Don't Nate Silver Statistics
2012 The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change Philip Conkling, Richard Alley, Wallace Broecker, and George Denton Global warming
2011 Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century Burton Richter Global warming
2010 Complexity: A Guided Tour Melanie Mitchell Complexity
2009 The Art and Politics of Science Harold Varmus History of science
2008 Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Neil Shubin Biology
2007 The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution Sean B. Carroll Biology
2006 Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate William F. Ruddiman Climatology
2005 The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes and Humans K. Christopher Beard Biology
2004 Isaac Newton James Gleick Physics
2003 Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth Andrew H. Knoll Biology
2002 A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution & Abrupt Climate Change William H. Calvin Climatology
2001 The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future Richard B. Alley Climatology
2000 Cradle of Life: The Discovery of the Earth's Earliest Fossils J. William Schopf Paleontology
1999 The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Brian Greene Cosmology
1998 Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx & The Evolution of Bird Flight Pat Shipman Paleontology
1997 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond Sociology
1996 Where Does the Weirdness Go? Why Quantum Mechanics is Strange, But Not as Strange as You Think David Lindley Physics
1995 Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration Edward O. Wilson, Bert Hölldobler Biology
1994 Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy Kip Thorne Physics
1993 Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos Garrett Hardin Ecology
1992 One Long Argument: Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought Ernst W. Mayr Biology
1991 Envisioning Information Edward R. Tufte Statistics
1990 Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Stephen Jay Gould Biology
1989 The How and the Why: An Essay on the Origins and Development of Physical Theory David Allen Park Physics
1988 Infinite in All Directions Freeman Dyson Cosmology
1987 Chemicals and Society: A Guide to the New Chemical Age Hugh D. Crone Chemistry
1986 The Mystery of Comets Fred L. Whipple Astronomy
1985 The Scientific Reinterpretation of Form Norma E. Emerton Science
1984 Frozen Star: Of Pulsars, Black Holes and the Fate of Stars George Greenstein Astronomy
1983 Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History Stephen Jay Gould Biology
1982 Emerging Cosmology: Convergence Bernard Lovell Cosmology
1981 Cosmic Dawn: The Origins of Matter and Life Eric J. Chaisson Cosmology
1980 The Image of Eternity: Roots of Time in the Physical World David Allen Park Physics
1979 Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery John Imbrie and Katherine Palmer Imbrie Climatology
1978 Mechanics of the Mind Colin Blakemore Medicine
1977 The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space Gerard K. O'Neill Space colonization
1976 Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay William W. Warner Biology
1975 The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World Guido Majno Medicine
1974 Darwin on Man: A Psychological Study of Scientific Creativity Howard E. Gruber, Paul H. Barrett Biology
1973 The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann Herman H. Goldstine Computation
1972 The Closing Circle: Nature, Man and Technology Barry Commoner Sociology
1971 Vitamin C and the Common Cold Linus Pauling Medicine
1970 The Life and Death of a Salt Marsh John Teal Ecology
1969 Antibodies and Immunity Gustav J. G. Nossal Medicine
1968 Great waters: A Voyage of Natural History to Study Whales, Plankton, and the Waters of the Southern Ocean Alister Hardy Biology
1967 Modern Genetics Haig P. Papazian Biology
1966 Man Adapting René Dubos Medicine
1965 Bird Migration Donald R. Griffin Biology
1964 The Origin of Adaptations Verne Grant Biology
1963 The Unseen World René Dubos Biology
1962 The World of Ice James L. Dyson Climatology
1961 Communication Among Social Bees Martin Lindauer Biology
1960 The Forest and the Sea Marston Bates Ecology
1959 Darwin’s Century: Evolution and the Men Who Discovered It Loren Eiseley Biology

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  1. ^ "Book Awards". Phi Beta Kappa Society. Retrieved 6 December 2015.