Friday, September 27, 2013

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science 2013- Shortlist

The Royal Society has announced the shortlist for its 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. The shortlisted books are accessible, interesting and compelling accounts about us and the world around us.
The winning book will be announced at a public event on 25 November 2013. The winning author will receive £25,000, while shortlisted authors receive £2,500.
  • Book:Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • Book:The Particle at the End of the Universe
  • Book:Cells to Civilizations
  • Book:Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory
  • Book:The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary
  • Book:Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea
Bird Sense by Tim Birkhead (Bloomsbury)
A wonderful glimpse into an alien world. Imagine how birds hear, taste and feel.”
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll (Oneworld Publications)
Fizzing with enthusiasm. Makes you realize what the fuss with the Higgs Boson is all about.” 
Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life by Enrico Coen (Princeton University Press)
Daring and ambitious. Succeeds in making transparent the mechanisms of evolution and development.”
Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory by Charles Fernyhough (Profile Books)
Illuminating. This book is not only about how memory works but what memory means to us.”
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings by Caspar Henderson (Granta)
This is a treasure. Encapsulates the pure wonder of discovery and the strangeness of the world around us.” 
Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts (Allen Lane)
A celebration and a wake-up call. The changing state of our oceans has never been made clearer.”

The judging panel:
  • Jon Culshaw, Impressionist and comedian
  • Dr Emily Flashman, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FRS, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • Joanne Harris, Novelist and author of Chocolat
  • Lucy Siegle, Journalist and writer on environmental issues

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