Green Books Campaign: Nobel, A Century of Prize Winners

This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

A Reader's Respite is pleased as punch to note that Michael Worek's book Nobel: A Century of Prize Winners is printed using eco-friendly paper, but we have to be honest here....this book would be uber-cool even if it were printed on toilet paper. 

 Not so eco-friendly.  And harder to read.

Not only does Worek explain the fascinating history behind the Nobel Prize (did you know Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and his company supplied the German military during WWI and WWII?  Neither did we), but he also provides biographies of past winners and intriguing explanations of the work that led to their Nobel Prize.  This is fantabulous because, after all, there is a difference between knowing that Wolfgang Pauli won the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the exclusion principle and understanding exactly what the hell the exclusion principle is (evidently it has nothing to do with marital spats...who knew?).

308 prize winners are profiled in this book and each of them are utterly fascinating.  Winners in the six categories of Peace, Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Economics are featured by year and presented by bio and their achievement. This would make a great holiday gift for anyone who loves this kind of "did you know?" information or just wants to win their next game of Trivial Pursuit.  It would also make a great gift for school-aged more searching for the next essay topic.

Highly recommended!

Now who's up for a game of Trivial Pursuit?

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