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