L.A.Times Book Prize Finalist: Book On Evolution Of Bird Flight

writers, who select nominees, name finalists, and choose the ultimate winners of the prizes. The other finalists in the category of science and technology this year include "The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character" by Daniel J. Kevles, published by W. W. Norton; "Mendel's Dwarf" by Simon Mawer, published by Harmony Books; "Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind" by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee; and "Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce" by Douglas Starr, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Among the previous winners in the category of science and technology are "How the Mind Works" by Steven Pinker, published in 1997; "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" by Carl Sagan, published in 1996; and "Naturalist" by Edward O. Wilson, published in 1995.

Shipman is a well-known science writer specializing in subjects related to human origins and evolution. In 1997, she won the prestigious Rhone-Poulenc General Prize, given annually for the best book promoting the public understanding of science published in English, for her book, The Wisdom of the Bones, published by Alfred A. Knopf and coauthored with her husband, Alan Walker, also of Penn State.


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