Winner of 2012 AIP Science Communication Awards for Science Writing
Author Richard Panek honored for The 4% Universe
College Park, Md., Oct. 10, 2012 – The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has selected author Richard Panek as winner of this year’s AIP Science Communication Award in the Science Writing category for his book The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality.
The selection committee praised the book for its excellent writing and accurate depictions of the process of scientific investigation.
“The mysteries of cosmology easily capture the imagination,” said Catherine O’Riordan, AIP vice president for Physics Resources. “This particular book presents the underlying physics of dark matter and dark energy in a way that draws the reader in and tells an engaging story of researchers at the frontiers of discovery.”
Panek will receive a $3,000 honorarium, an inscribed Windsor chair, and a certificate of recognition at the 221st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), to be held Jan. 6-10, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif.
The 4% Universe
Richard Panek has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (in Science Writing) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (in Literary Nonfiction), as well as an Antarctic Artists and Writers grant from the National Science Foundation. The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality was long-listed for the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Panek’s books also include The Invisible Century: Einstein, Freud, and the Search for Hidden Universes and Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens. His background is not in science; it’s in journalism and fiction. But by combining the exploratory sensibility of journalism with the storytelling techniques of fiction, he tries to illuminate and humanize the history and philosophy of science even for readers who, like himself before he began writing about science, would know little or nothing about the subject. His books have been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in New York City.
About the AIP Science Communication Awards
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