The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, From Stardust to Living Planet, written by the Geophysical Laboratory's Bob Hazen, has been chosen from books released in 2012 as one of the five titles on the short list for the current Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, one of the three book awards given by Phi Beta Kappa annually.

 The short list represents the excellence in writing honored by the awards. 

The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science carries a prize of $10,000.

As the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa’s mission is to strengthen and recognize excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.  Their book awards are a key part of carrying out that mission.

The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science is offered for outstanding contributions by scientists to the literature of science. It was first offered in 1959. The intent of the award is to encourage literate and scholarly interpretations of the physical and biological sciences and mathematics.  Previous award winners have included books written by eminent scientists in a wide variety of fields.

The winning title will be announced on October 2, 2013 and an awards gala dinner will be held in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2013, the 237th anniversary of the founding of the Society, at The Willard Hotel.

Story of Earth will also be the basis for an upcoming episode on NOVA, to be filmed by Doug Hamilton in early 2014, and will be the basis of a Lecture Series.  

The 48-lecture (24-hour) video course will be released by The Teaching Company as part of their "Great Courses" series in the Fall of 2013. It surveys the story of Earth from the formation of the solar system, through ten stages of Earth history, and 5 billion years into the future. The video course builds and expands on The Story of Earth and is richly illustrated with photos, video clips, diagrams, and animations.

Additionally, it is in the running for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, long list; short list to be announced in September; winner to be announced in December.

Congratulations, Bob!

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