IUCr Newsletter (1998). 6(3), 18.
The winner of the 1998 Elizabeth Wood Science Writing Award is R.M. Hazen, research scientist at the Carnegie Inst. of Washington's Geophysical Lab and Prof. of Earth Science at George Mason U. "The Breakthrough: The Race for the Superconductor" is his fascinating account of the importance of crystallography in characterizing high temperature superconductors, and "The New Alchemists: Breaking Through the Barriers of High Pressure" describes work on the forefront of research in a style which is accessible to the nonspecialist. The ACA award was presented at the 1998 ACA meeting in Arlington, Virginia