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'The Age of Wonder' Wins Best Book Award; New York Times, WNET, 'Not Exactly Rocket Science' Blog Also Take Top Prizes

Selected from more than 220 print, broadcast, and Internet entries, the recipients of awards for works published or aired in 2009 are:



Richard Holmes
Books

Richard Holmes (author) for The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, a delightful glimpse at the dawn of the Modern Age and the links between the worlds of science and literature in the Romantic era (Pantheon Books)

Charles Duhigg

Magazine/Newspaper
Charles Duhigg of The New York Times and his series "Toxic Waters" for compelling investigative environmental reporting that has had important policy impact








Film/Radio/TV

Carole and Richard Rifkind

Carole and Richard Rifkind (co-producers and co-directors) for "Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist," an insightful and very human portrayal of the excitement and challenges young scientists face in and out of the lab (WNET)

Ed Yong

Online
Ed Yong and his blog "Not Exactly Rocket Science" for engaging and jargon-free multimedia storytelling about science in the digital age

The following were finalists:
-- Robin Marantz Henig, writer, "What's Wrong With Summer Stiers?" (The New York Times Magazine)
-- Sheila Nevins, executive producer, "The Alzheimer's Project" (HBO Documentary Films)
-- Mickey Stern, executive producer, "Known Universe" (National Geographic Channel and Base Productions)
-- Abigail Tucker, writer, "In Search of the Mysterious Narwhal" (Smithsonian Magazine)

The winners of the 2010 awards were selected by a committee of 11 judges chaired by Barbara A. Schaal.