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Founded by the brilliant, misanthropic inventor of dynamite, the Nobel Prize has for a hundred years claimed to identify the summit of human achievement. But what exactly is the Nobel Institution? How does it choose its winners? Has it ever made a mistake? And why does the prize hold such importance? With deft insight and sparkling wit, Burton Feldman considers these questions while taking us on a fascinating tour of every aspect of Alfred Nobel's grand legacy: its founder, its aura, its fields of award—literature, physics, chemistry, medicine, peace, and economics—and its laureates' personalities and rivalries, as well as its biases, controversies, and blunders.
The first comprehensive and critical survey ever written of the world's most famous award, The Nobel Prize is a masterly synthesis of biography, storytelling, and interdisciplinary analysis, ranging easily and confidently from literature to science to politics to economics. This monumental, witty, and eloquent book will remain the definitive work on the prize for decades to come, remarkable for its comprehensiveness, depth of insight, and never-failing capacity to surprise and entertain.
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Burton Feldman earned his PhD in the History of Ideas and Science at the University of Chicago. He taught at the Universities of Chicago, Maryland, Denver, Colorado at Boulder, and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and wrote on religion and myth, literary criticism, and politics. He passed away in 2003.From Publishers Weekly:
If you had been awakened by an early-morning phone call this October to learn that you had just been awarded a Nobel Prize, you would have won a little under one million dollars and worldwide fame. However, if your sleep was undisturbed, you are in the company of Marcel Proust, Jonas Salk, Edwin Hubble, Joan Robinson, Mahatma GandhiAto name only a few world-renowned figures listed by Feldman who weren't awarded a prize. Feldman, who holds a Ph.D. in the history of science and ideas, surveys the history of the six illustrious prizes, which all sprang from a vague paragraph in dynamite king Alfred Nobel's will. The proceedings of the Swedish and Norwegian institutions that award the prizes are kept sealed, but Feldman, who uses earlier accounts containing leaks and interviews, analyzes the choices since 1901 to show the jostling for favorite candidates that occurs, and how prizes are often awarded to make a political statement, especially those for literature and peace. Feldman relies almost exclusively on secondary literature; his reluctance to interview living prize winners makes his otherwise carefully considered study less than definitive. The structure is occasionally flabby and the chapters on the science prizes are slightly technical, but the reader who isn't a science buff will get a valuable short course in the history of 20th-century science and medicine. 8 pages of illus. not seen by PW. (Dec.)
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