PUP author Nicholas Humphrey wins international Mind and Brain Prize

Nicholas Humphrey, author of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness has won the 2015 Mind and Brain Prize. The award was created by the University of Turin to acknowledge outstanding achievement in the Cognitive Science field. Read more about the award, here. Be sure to read the first chapter of Soul Dust for free, here.

Congratulations to Nicholas Humphrey!

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Soul Dust:
The Magic of Consciousness

Nicholas Humphrey

Jessica F. Green – Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance Winner of the 2014-2015 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association

Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance by Jessica F. Green is the winner of the 2014-2015 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award. “The award…is given annually to the best book in the field – one that makes a contribution to theory and interdisciplinary, shows rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offers accessibility and practical relevance. Nominated books should address some aspect of one or more environmental, pollution or resource issues from a broadly international or transnational perspective…”

The committee concluded that this book is an agenda-setting work in the debates around the nature and roles of private authority in international governance. The distinction between entrepreneurial and delegated authority illuminates the case material chosen for analysis here, and should stir more inquiry into these ideas. Two longitudinal chapters involve substantial and novel historical views of the topic, while the two case studies are well chosen and draw on extensive primary research. The book speaks to an important, dynamic phenomenon that we can see (or intuitively sense) operating across the transnational landscape and Green makes sense of it in sometimes counterintuitive ways. More general information on the awards can be found, here.

Congratulations to Jessica F. Green!

 


 

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Rethinking Private Authority:
Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance

Jessica F. Green

Robert Wuthnow – Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State Winner of the 2014 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize, Texas State Historical Association

Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State is the winner of the 2014 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize. The Tullis Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the best book in Texas published during the calendar year. The presentation of a $2000 prize and certificate will be made at the Association’s annual meeting in March, 2015. More general information on the award can be found, here.

Congratulations to Robert Wunthnow!

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Rough Country:
How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State

Robert Wuthnow

2015 PROSE Awards

The Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced the (39th annual) 2015 PROSE Award Winners on February 5th at the PSP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. According to the PROSE press release, the 2015 PROSE Awards received a record-breaking 540 entries of books, reference works, journals, and electronic products in more than 50 categories.

Princeton University Press won top awards in 7 Book Subject Categories, and received 13 Honorable Mention awards – a total of 20 awards. This is a record for PUP, as we won more PROSE awards than any other publisher this year. For the full list of 2015 PROSE Award winners click, here. The official press release can be found, here.

7 Category Award Winners
Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek – Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Biomedicine & Neuroscience, Association of American Publishers

Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber – Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Business, Finance & Management, Association of American Publishers

Jonathan Israel – Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny and Bob Montgomerie – Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in History of Science, Medicine & Technology, Association of American Publishers

Gil Nelson, Christopher J. Earle and Richard Spellenberg – Trees of Eastern North America
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Outstanding Work by a Trade Publisher, Association of American Publishers

Thomas W. Cronin, Sonke Johnsen, N. Justin Marshall and Eric J. Warrant – Visual Ecology
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Textbook/Biological & Life Sciences, Association of American Publishers

Mukesh Eswaran – Why Gender Matters in Economics
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Textbook/Social Sciences, Association of American Publishers

 

13 Honorable Mention Winners

Eric H. Cline – 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Archeology & Anthropology, Association of American Publishers

Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant- 40 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Finches on Daphne Major Island
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Biological Sciences, Association of American Publishers

Eswar S. Prasad – The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Business, Finance & Management, Association of American Publishers

Gregory Clark – The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Economics, Association of American Publishers

Anders Winroth, The Age of the Vikings
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

Edmund Fawcett – Liberalism: The Life of an Idea
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Government & Politics, Association of American Publishers

Peter H. Schuck – Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Government & Politics, Association of American Publishers

James Turner – Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Language & Linguistics, Association of American Publishers

Peter Baldwin – The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Law & Legal Studies, Association of American Publishers

David Edmonds – Would You Kill the Fat Man? The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Philosophy, Association of American Publishers

Eli Maor and Eugen Jost – Beautiful Geometry
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers

Moshe Halbertal – Maimonides: Life and Thought
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Theology & Religious Studies, Association of American Publishers

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 PROSE Awards!

Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr.- The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism Winner of the 2015 Dartmouth Medal, Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association

On Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism won the 2015 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work. The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference this June in San Francisco.

The Dartmouth Medal selection committee was very impressed with The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. “As its description states, ‘With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.” The members of the committee found the book to be a true meisterwerk—scholarly yet accessible, exhaustive, yet usable.” As one member put it, “if you can apply the word ‘elegant’ to a reference work, this would be the book.” We expect inquirers in religion and culture at all levels from the merely curious to the scholarly to benefit from this dictionary.” More information about the award can be found, here.

Congratulations to Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.!


 

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The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Karen J. Alter – The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights recieved Honorable Mention for the 2015 Chadwick Alger Award, International Studies Association

Congratulations to Karen J. Alter! Her book, The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights has received Honorable Mention for the 2015 Chadwick Alger Award.

“The Chadwick F. Alger Prize recognizes the best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism. The Prize is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association.”

Read Chapter 1 of The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights here.


 

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The New Terrain of International Law:
Courts, Politics, Rights
Karen J. Alter

Mass Flourishing by Edmund Phelps is a certified bestseller in China

Nobel prize-winning economist, Edmund Phelps’s book Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change is a bestseller in China. Phelps’s success in China includes the prestigious Friendship Award, “China’s highest honor for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress.” He was also named dean of China’s New Huadu Business School, which operates in Fuzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai. More information on Phelps’s achievements in China can be found, here.

Congratulations to Edmund Phelps!


 

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Mass Flourishing:
How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change
Edmund Phelps

Andrew Hodges honored with Scripter Award

 

Andrew Hodges, author of ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA

Andrew Hodges, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma

Congratulations to PUP author Andrew Hodges, who along with The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore, has been awarded the USC Libraries Scripter Award. Hodges’s book, Alan Turing: The Enigma, was used as the basis for the screenplay of the Oscar-nominated film.

Calling bookworms and movie-goers alike — this award has something for all of you. Established in 1988, the USC Libraries Scripter Award is an honor that recognizes the best adaptation of word to film. The award is given to both the author and the screenwriter.

Alan Turing: The Enigma — a New York Times–bestselling biography of the founder of computer science — is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life. Capturing both the inner and outer drama of Turing’s life, Andrew Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936 — the concept of a universal machine — laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design.

The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Turing’s work on this is depicted in The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME © 2014 THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME © 2014 The Weinstein Company

At the same time, Alan Turing: The Enigma is the tragic account of a man who, despite his wartime service, was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program — all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime. Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution.

Check out Chapter 1 of Alan Turing: The Enigma for yourself here.

The other four finalists for the Scripter award included:

  • Gillian Flynn, author and screenwriter of Gone Girl
  • Novelist Thomas Pynchon and screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
  • Jane Hawking, author of Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen, and screenwriter Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything
  • Screenwriter Nick Hornby for Wild, adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

 

Donald E. Canfield and Gillen D’Arcy Wood to be honored at annual conference of the American Meteorological Society

On January 7th and 8th in Phoenix, Arizona, authors Donald E. Canfield and Gillen D’Arcy were recognized by the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) for their books Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History and Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World, respectively.

Canfield’s account of the history and importance of oxygen won him the 2014 ASLI Choice Award and will be recognized as “a well-documented, accessible, and interesting history of this vital substance.” Wood received an honorable mention for this year’s Choice Award in History. Tambora, will be acknowledged as “a book that makes this extreme event newly accessible through connecting literature, social history, and science.” More general information on the awards can be found, here.

Congratulations to Donald E. Canfield and Gillen D’Arcy Wood!

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Oxygen:
A Four Billion Year History
Donald E. Canfield

 

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Tambora:
The Eruption That Changed the World
Gillen D’Arcy Wood

How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain winner of the 2014 Robert Lowry Patten Award

Congratulations are in order for Leah Price. Her recent book, How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain, won the 2014 Robert Lowry Patten Award from SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900!

“The Robert Lowry Patten Award, established in 2012, is given in alternate years to either the best recent study in nineteenth-century British literary studies or the best recent study in British literary studies of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. The Patten award was created to honor the distinguished scholarly career of Bob Patten, who for more than forty years was a professor of English at Rice University, and who for nearly thirty of those years was either editor or publisher and executive editor of SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.”

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How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain
Leah Price 

 

 

Wizards, Aliens, and Starships and Einstein and the Quantum named Top 10 Physics Books of 2014 by Physics Today magazine

Charles L. Adler’s Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction and A. Douglas Stone’s Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian were each named to Physics World‘s 2014 “Top 10 Books of the Year” list. The ten books on the list “are all well written, novel and scientifically interesting for a physics audience.”

On their blog, Physics World writes of Wizards, Aliens, and Starships,

“Books about the science of science fiction aren’t uncommon, but it’s rare to see the subject treated with as much flair and rigour as it is here. Throughout this book, author Charles Adler uses ‘Fermi problems’ – challenging exercises in reasoning and back-of-the-envelope calculation – to evaluate the plausibility of various concepts from SF and fantasy. It’s an approach that should endear his book to physicist readers, and it’s particularly pleasing to see the world of fantasy (not just “hard” science fiction) get some scientific scrutiny.”

Further praise was given to Einstein and the Quantum:

“Sparkling writing and crystal-clear physics make this account of Einstein’s quantum work stand out on the overcrowded shelf of books devoted to the world’s most famous physicist. Unlike many other Einstein authors, A. Douglas Stone is neither a cosmologist nor a historian. Instead, he’s a solid-state physicist, and the parts of Einstein’s work that most intrigue him concern thermodynamics and the behaviour of quantum ideal gases, rather than well-known gedankenexperiments about beams of light on trains. Reading about this other side of Einstein is a real (and unexpected) pleasure.”

According to Physics World, “2014 has been a fantastic year for science books, and for physics books in particular,” and the same can be said for all our PUP titles!

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Wizards, Aliens, and Starships:
Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Charles L. Adler 

 

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Einstein and the Quantum:
The Quest of the Valiant Swabian
A. Douglas Stone

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed wins 2014 Award for the Best Popular Book, American Schools of Oriental Research

clineEric H. Cline, author of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, is the first ever recipient of the American Schools of Oriental Research’s (ASOR) new award, the Best Popular Book Award (which will be officially named next year). “This award is presented to the author/editor of a book published in the last two years that offers a new synthesis of archaeological data intended to reach an audience of scholars as well as students and the broader public.”

Excerpts from the certificate presented to Cline at the annual ASOR meeting in San Diego praised his ability to inform and interest various types of readers:

“Eric Cline…masterfully brings together a wealth of information while maintaining a popular appeal throughout his study.”

“Cline’s extensive bibliography of source material makes this book extremely valuable for scholars, yet he explains the complexities of his subject in language easily understandable by the general public. This book possesses the rare quality of engaging both the academic and general readership.

Congratulations to Cline on winning the prestigious award and for setting the bar high for future nominations of the Best Popular Book. Below is a picture of Cline’s award alongside copies of 1177 B.C.

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