I’m thrilled to announce that my most recent book, “The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality” has been shortlisted for the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award.

This is extremely competitive and very exciting. Past winners have included Nate Silver’s “The Signal and the Noise,” Neal Subhin’s “Your Inner Fish” (which features Drexel’s own Ken Lacovara), Briane Greene’s “The Elegant Universe,” and Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel” (which also won the Pulitzer). We’ll find out the winner in early October, and should I win, there’s a gala in Washington in December.

In the meanwhile, please do show the other excellent shortlisted books some love:


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One Response to Shortlisted!

  1. Mark Samuels says:

    I am in the midst of Univ. in Rearview Mirror. I am a professional biologist with an amateur interest in modern physics. So far I am enjoying the book and learning things. However, as a science nerd am compelled to point out two (so far) seeming errors – not in physics of course, I wouldn’t know how to catch those. In the Intro it says that the chessboard is rotationally symmetric, and “almost” mirror symmetric. In fact, is it not perfectly mirror symmetric and only partly rotationally symmetric? Also, in Chapter 1 Paul Dirac is described as a French physicist. According to wikipedia he not only worked in England but was born in Bristol. Minor points, although any chessplayer would presumably note if this was indeed an error.

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