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David Rogers. Nobel Laureate Contributions to 20th Century Chemistry. New York: Springer, 2006. x + 656 pp. $189.
Who is the only person to win two Nobel Prizes in chemistry? At what age did Alfred Nobel attend his only year of school? How many times was Angelo Angeli nominated for a Nobel Prize (he never won)? The answers to all these and more are in this book. Much of the information can be found elsewhere, especially on the Nobel Prize website, but Nobel Laureate Contributions to 20th Century Chemistry offers a concise digest of information on some of the greatest chemical innovators of the last 100 years. Of special interest are a list of chemists who were nominated, sometimes repeatedly, but never awarded; charts surveying the ages of prize winners; and graphic webs showing networks of laureates and their influence on each other. This will be a useful reference work for those who study the history of the Nobel Prize in chemistry. For those with a passing interest, nobelprize.org is just as, if not more, informative. --Eleanor Goldberg
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