The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science

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2018     Behave : the biology of humans at our best and worst by Robert Sapolsky
2017     The gene : an intimate history by Siddhartha Mukherjee
2016     The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, and pips, conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history by Thor Hanson
2015     Animal weapons : the evolution of battle by Douglas J. Emlen
2014     Einstein and the quantum : the quest of the valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone
2013     The signal and the noise : why so many predictions fail-- but some don't by Nate Silver
2012     The fate of Greenland : lessons from abrupt climate change by Philip Conkling, Richard Alley, Wallace Broecker and George Denton
2011     Beyond smoke and mirrors : climate change and energy in the 21st century by Burton Ritcher
2010     Complexity : a guided tour by Melanie Mitchell
2008     Your inner fish : a journey into the 3.5-billion-year history of the human body by Neil Shubin
     The making of the fittest : DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution by Sean B. Carroll
     Plows, plagues, and petroleum : how humans took control of climate by William F. Ruddiman
2005     The hunt for the dawn monkey : unearthing the origins of monkeys, apes and humans by Chris Beard
2004     Isaac Newton by James Gleick
2003     Life on a young planet : the first three billion years of evolution on earth by Andrew H. Knoll
2002     A brain for all seasons : human evolution & abrupt climate change by William H. Calvin
2001     The two-mile time machine : ice cores, abrupt climate change, and our future by Richard B. Alley
2000     Cradle of life : the discovery of the earth's earliest fossils by J. William Schopf
1999     The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory by Brian Greene
1998     Taking wing : Archaeopteryx and the evolution of bird flight by Pat Shipman
1997     Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond
1996     Where does the weirdness go? : why quantum mechanics is strange, but not as strange as you think by David Lindley
1995     Journey to the ants : a story of scientific exploration by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson
1994     Black holes and time warps : Einstein's outrageous legacy by Kip S. Thorne
1993     Living within limits : ecology, economics, and population taboos by Garrett Hardin
1992     One long argument : Charles Darwin and the genesis of modern evolutionary thought by Ernst Mayr
1991     Envisioning information by Edward R. Tufte
1990     Wonderful life : the Burgess Shale and the nature of history by Stephen Jay Gould
1989     The how and the why : an essay on the origins and development of physical theory by David Park
1988     Infinite in all directions : Gifford lectures given at Aberdeen, Scotland, April-November 1985 by Freeman Dyson
1987     Chemicals & society : a guide to the new chemical age by Hugh D. Crone
1986     The mystery of comets by Fred L. Whipple
1985     The scientific reinterpretation of form by Norma E. Emerton
1984     Frozen star : of pulsars, black holes and the fate of stars by George Greenstein
1983     Hen's teeth and horse's toes by Stephen Jay Gould
1982     Emerging cosmology by Sir Bernard Lovell
1981     Cosmic dawn : the origins of matter and life by Eric Chaisson
1980     The image of eternity : roots of time in the physical world by David A. Park
1979     Ice ages : solving the mystery by John Imbrie and Katherine Palmer Imbrie
1978     Mechanics of the mind by Colin Blakemore
1977     The high frontier : human colonies in space by Gerard K. O’Neill (3d ed. (2000) here)
1976     Beautiful swimmers : watermen, crabs and the Chesapeake Bay by William W. Warner
1975     The healing hand : man and wound in the ancient world by Guido Majno
1974     Darwin on man : a psychological study of Scientific creativity by Howard E. Gruber and Paul H. Barrett
1973     The computer from Pascal to von Neumann by Herman H. Goldstine
1972     The closing circle : nature, man and technology by Barry Commoner
1971     Vitamin C and the common cold by Linus Pauling
1970     Life and death of the salt marsh by John and Mildred Teal
1969     Antibodies and immunity by G. J. V. Nossal (2d ed. (1978) here)
1968     Great waters : a voyage of natural history to study whales, plankton, and the waters of the Southern Ocean by Sir Alister Hardy
1967     Modern genetics by Haig P. Papazian
1966     Man adapting by René Dubos
1965     Bird migration by Donald R. Griffin
1964     The origin of adaptations by Verne Grant
1963     The unseen world by René Dubos
1962     The world of ice by James L. Dyson
1961     Communication among social bees by Martin Lindauer
1960     The forest and the sea : a look at the economy of nature and the ecology of man by Marston Bates
1959     Darwin's century : evolution and the men who discovered it by Loren Eisley