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Book awards: Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize

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Works (29)

The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin1986
Science and the Enlightenment by Thomas L. Hankins1987
Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science by J. L. Heilbron1988
Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa by Joan Jacobs Brumberg1989
The Space Telescope: A Study of Nasa, Science, Technology, and Politics by Robert W. Smith1990
Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice by Nancy G. Siraisi1991
Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives by John Hedley Brooke1992
Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian Desmond1993
The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450 by David C. Lindberg1994
A History of Mathematics: An Introduction (2nd Edition) by Victor J. Katz1995
Newton and the Culture of Newtonianism (The Control of Nature) by Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs1996
Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb by Richard Rhodes1997
Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics by Ruth Lewin Sime1998
The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character by Daniel J. Kevles1999
Reel Nature by Gregg Mitman2000
The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life by Nancy Tomes2001
Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700 by Peter Dear2002
The Measure of All Things by Ken Alder2003
The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom Bomb (Revolutions in Science) by Jeff Hughes2004
Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader by Alan M. Kraut2005
Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution by Robin Marantz Henig2006
Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code by Matt Ridley2007
Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea by Helen M. Rozwadowski2008
Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking by Charles Seife2009
The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak2010
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes2011
Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology by Mark V. Barrow Jr.2012
How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival by David Kaiser2013
The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future by W. Patrick McCray2014

Award description

The Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize, named in honor of the long time director of Science Service and his wife, was established in 1985 through a long-term pledge from Miles and Audrey Davis. The prize consists of $1000 and a certificate.

The prize honors books in the history of science directed to a wide public (including undergraduate instruction). The book must be published in English during a period of three calendar years immediately preceding the year of competition. They should be introductory in assuming no previous knowledge of the subject and in being directed to audiences of beginning students and general readers. They should introduce an entire field, a chronological period, a national tradition, or the work of a noteworthy individual. Multi-authored or edited books are eligible, whereas unrevised reprints of previously published works are not.



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