Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit, and the Ultimate Experiment

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author chronicles the development of a rural prairie community from settlement (in 1817) through its first six decades; from the egalitarian conditions of the frontier to classes of owner-operators, tenants and hired laborers. Faragher, associate professor of history at Mount Holyoke College, has written an engaging social history of Sugar Creek in Sangamon County, Ill. Early emigrants found the prairie a threatening environment and settled at the edge of woodlands; within 20 years they had created a distinctive rural landscape. The author examines the family and kinship network in a patriarchal society and the nature of community life; he traces the progress of agriculture, from subsistence to commercial, and the decline of home industries. The sustaining elements of rural community, he finds, are local governance, churches and kinship. Here, succinctly set out, is the American prairie experience. Illustrations. (January 14)
Library Journal
Rubbia recently won a Nobel Prize for his work in experimental particle physics. This book recounts the tale of how the Prize was won. It also describes some of the subsequent work done by Rubbia and his group during the middle 1980s. From Taubes's description we come to see this scientist as a thoroughly unpleasant person, obsessed by the need to be best. He terrorizes his subordinates and co-workers and lies to his peers. Most disheartening is that he is interested only in publishing first and exhibits little patience for the kind of meticulous attention to detail that guarantees the accuracy of his results. If Taubes's account is true, then the quest for the Nobel Prize may be doing more harm than good to the cause of scientific progress.Harold D. Shane, Mathematics Dept., Baruch Coll., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394545035
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/12/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 320

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