The Nobel Prize by Burton Feldman
A History of Genius, Controversy and Prestige

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Founded one hundred years ago by the inventor of dynamite, the Nobel Prize is the world's most celebrated and controversial honor. It grants its winners instant celebrity and acclaim for "service to mankind," despite accusations that it is too trendy, arbitrary, and narrow-minded. In examining both its fame and notoriety, Burton Feldman opens up the Nobel institution and process: how it originated, how it works, and how it is influenced by outside pressures (political, moral, personal and academic). The Nobel Prize is an extraordinary work that never fails to surprise, provoke, and entertain.

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Burton Feldman earned his PhD in the History of Ideas and Science at the University of Chicago. He taught at the Universities of Chicago, Maryland, Denver, Colorado at Boulder, and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and wrote on religion and myth, literary criticism, and politics. He passed away in 2003.
Published November 2, 2000 by Arcade Publishing. 515 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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As the introduction announces, “the Nobel Prizes are the most coveted and most potent awards of our time,” trumpeted in the media and conferring immediate prestige on their recipients.

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