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The road to Stockholm : Nobel Prizes, science, and scientists

Author: István Hargittai
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007, ©2002.
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The Nobel Prize is by far the highest recognition a scientist may receive and the only one with which the general public is familiar. Its prestige has reached improbable heights. At the same time a lot of myth surrounds the Nobel Prize, and this is compounded by the fact that people tend to view scientists with some bewilderment. This book introduces the process of selection of the laureates, discusses the  Read more...
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Hargittai, István.
Road to Stockholm.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007, ©2002
(OCoLC)608695525
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: István Hargittai
ISBN: 9780191500183 0191500186
OCLC Number: 818659203
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 344 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1 The Nobel Prize and Sweden --
2 The Nobel Prize and national politics 29 --
3 Who wins Nobel Prizes? 48 --
4 Discoveries 83 --
5 Overcoming adversity I03 --
6 What turned you to science? 117 --
7 Venue I29 --
8 Mentor I5I --
9 Changing and combining fields I69 --
10 Making an impact I84 --
11 Is there life after the Nobel Prize? 20I --
12 Who did not win 220.
Other Titles: Nobel Prizes, science, and scientists
Responsibility: István Hargittai.

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The Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award a scientist can receive. This book brings the Nobel Prize, the science, and the human drama behind it into focus, based on the author's encounters with  Read more...

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Review from previous edition The history of the Nobel prizes for science, first awarded in 1901, is an absorbing chronicle of perseverance and truimph, rivalry and vanity; Istvan Hargittai tells it Read more...

 
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