The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy, and Prestige

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Arcade Publishing, Oct 3, 2001 - History - 489 pages
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Founded 100 years ago by the inventor of dynamite, the Nobel Prize is the world's most celebrated and controversial honor. It grants its winners instant celebrity and acclaim for "service to mankind", despite accusations that it is too trendy, arbitrary, and narrow-minded. In examining both its fame and notoriety, Burton Feldman opens up the Nobel institution and process: how it originated, how it works, and how it is influenced by outside pressures (political, moral, personal, and academic). "The Nobel Prize" is an extraordinary work that never fails to surprise, provoke, and entertain.

This is the only book to explore every aspect of the prize: its founder, its aura, all its fields (literature, physics, chemistry, medicine, peace, and economics), and its laureates' personalities and rivalries, as well as its controversies and blunders.

  

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Review: The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy and Prestige

User Review  - Robin Hudson - Goodreads

A lot more emphasis on the science prizes as the author is a scientist. Frequent typos as well as unnecessary commentary. Long-winded in general, couldn't keep my interest. Unfortunately it brags ... Read full review

Review: The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy and Prestige

User Review  - Kirk Morrison - Goodreads

If, like me, you're no egghead a history of the Nobel Prizes might seem a bit dull. However this book shows how compelling and controversial the decisions can be and the intrigue involved. You also ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Founding Father
25
The Nobel Prize Invents Itself
40
The Nobel Prize in Literature
55
The Nobel Prize and the Sciences
114
The Nobel Prize in Physics
125
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
201
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
237
The Economics Memorial Prize
328
Conclusion
356
Chronology of Prizes
363
Value of Prizes
397
Women Laureates
403
Family Laureates
405
Selected Bibliography
449
Index
471

The Peace Prize
290

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About the author (2001)

Feldman is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Denver, has also taught at the University of Chicago and Hebrew University.

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