A collection of short biographies, written and organized with outstanding excellence. Instead of following the chronological approach in describing Nobel Prize winners, their biographies are grouped by specialty-- Drugs, Insects, Viruses, Infection, Genetics, etc. Within these areas, the Winners are then presented by year. Thus, as each section is finished, the reader has acquired the history of research and developments in each field, as well as the pertinent facts about the Nobel Laureates. Birth, education and home life are thoroughly sketched in, but the authors use their writing and teaching talents to best advantage by concentrating on the careers of each of their subjects. No invented dialogue or situation is employed to add melodrama to the magic moments of discovery. The various experiments are described in clear detail; the painstaking research, usually necessitating improvised equipment; the unwelcome intrusions of chance that, under the eye of genius, became the required information; and the hardships of the early investigators who battled to new knowledge only to face bigger battles against institutionalized ignorance supply the drama of the real along with hard information on the growth of science.