A New York Times article by Edwin McDowell on 2 February 1989 was headlined “Top Books of 1988: Spies and Physics.” Did he say physics? Yes. Best‐seller lists in 1988 included Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and James Gleick's Chaos: Making a New Science. Two books by Richard Feynman were selling well—Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman and What Do You Care What Other People Think? And there were other notable physics and astronomy books as well, such as Michael Riordan's The Hunting of the Quark and Richard Preston's First Light, both winners of AIP Science Writing Prizes.

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