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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...


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...


Annals of the Former World

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1999

by John McPhee

The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years

Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States,...


The Soul of A New Machine

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1982, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1982

by Tracy Kidder

Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish...