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The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2008

by Leonard Susskind Little, Brown and Company (July 07, 2008)

What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed it did-and in doing so put at risk everything we know about physics...


The Whale and the Supercomputer

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2004

by Charles Wohlforth Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 04, 2005)

In The Whale and the Supercomputer, scientists and natives wrestle with our changing climate in the land where it has hit first--and hardest

A traditional Eskimo whale-hunting party races to shore near Barrow,...


Annals of the Former World

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1999

by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 15, 2000)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years

Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States,...


A Beautiful Mind

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1998

by Sylvia Nasar Simon & Schuster (July 12, 2011)

In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly recreates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness,...


The Soul of A New Machine

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1982, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1982

by Tracy Kidder Back Bay Books (August 23, 2011)

Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder memorably records the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market.

Computers have changed since 1981, when The Soul of a New...