Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology

 

2013 selection

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2013

by Alan Weisman

A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.

In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could...


2012 selection

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2012

by Florence Williams

A 2012 New York Times Notable Book

A 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Award Winner in the Science & Technology category

An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate....


2011 selection

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2011

by Sylvia Nasar

In a sweeping narrative, the author of the megabestseller A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. It’s...


2010 selection

The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2010

by Oren Harman

“Enthralling.”—Frans de Waal, The New York Times Book Review Survival of the fittest or survival of the nicest? Since the dawn of time man has contemplated the mystery of altruism, but it was Darwin who...


2008 selection

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

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...


2007 selection

I Am a Strange Loop

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2007

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Douglas Hofstadter’s critically acclaimed return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach—an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity.


2006 selection

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2006

by Eric R. Kandel

“A stunning book.”—Oliver Sacks Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner...


2005 selection

Before the Fallout

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2005

by Diana Preston

On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity seems to be an atomic property." A mere 47 years later, "Little Boy"exploded over Hiroshima. Before the Fallout...


2004 selection

The Whale and the Supercomputer

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2004

by Charles Wohlforth

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, Alaska--their comrades trapped on...


2002 selection

Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


1999 selection

Galileo's Daughter

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 1999

by Dava Sobel

Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called...


1998 selection

Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 1998

by Douglas Starr

Essence and emblem of life--feared, revered, mythologized, and used in magic and medicine from earliest times--human blood is now the center of a huge, secretive, and often dangerous worldwide commerce. It is...


1997 selection

How the Mind Works

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 1997

by Steven Pinker

“A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear.” —New York Review of Books In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the...