The Road to Stockholm Nobel Prizes, Science, and Scientists
Welcome to the site dedicated to István Hargittai's new book on
The Road to Stockholm: Nobel Prizes, Science, and Scientists
(published by Oxford University Press, 2002). On
these pages, you will find additional information about the book such as
book reviews, photographs not featured in the printed volume, information
about the author, and pointers to sites where you can purchase a copy
of the book.
Please use the links on the left to navigate the site.
The Nobel Prize is by far the highest recognition a scientist may receive
and the only one that the general public is familiar with. Its prestige
reached improbable heights. At the same time a lot of myth surrounds the
Nobel Prize, which 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 ingredients for scientific
discovery and for getting recognition for it. It reviews the decisive
moments of a scientific career en route to the Nobel Prize, points to
characteristic features of the laureates, the importance of mentors and
venues in scientific careers and other components of success. It also
covers some discoverers and discoveries for whom and for which the Nobel
Prize never materialized. Whereas there is no general recipe for receiving
the Nobel Prize, there are common features of successful scientific
James D. Watson wrote the Foreword to the book.
1 The Nobel Prize and Sweden
2 The Nobel Prize and national politics
3 Who wins Nobel Prizes?
5 Overcoming adversity
6 What turned you to science?
9 Changing and combining fields
10 Making an impact
11 Is there life after the Nobel Prize?
12 Who did not win
Nobel laureates in the sciences, 1901-2001