Royal Society prizes for science books

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Neurodivergent author Camilla Pang’s Explaining Humans wins Royal Society prize
The youngest ever winner of the prestigious award used science to compile a ‘manual for humans’

Alison Flood

03, Nov, 2020 @7:00 PM

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'Brilliant exposé' of gender data gap wins Royal Society science book prize
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez, which reveals bias towards men in measures of human life, hailed as vital work

Alison Flood

23, Sep, 2019 @6:30 PM

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Myth-busting study of teenage brains wins Royal Society prize
Inventing Ourselves by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore wins £25,000 prize with investigation praised by judges as ‘truly a book that everyone should read’

Sian Cain

01, Oct, 2018 @6:45 PM

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Robert Winston wins fourth Royal Society young people's book prize
TV academic’s Home Lab, a collection of scientific experiments that can be carried out at home, won over jury of young readers

Alison Flood

21, Nov, 2017 @12:04 PM

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Testosterone Rex triumphs as Royal Society science book of the year
Psychologist Cordelia Fine’s dissection of the myths that sustain assumptions about sexual difference acclaimed by judges as ‘a cracking critique’

Claire Armitstead

19, Sep, 2017 @6:40 PM

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'I was hooked for life': science writers on the books that inspired them
Brian Cox, Garry Kasparov, Gaia Vince and other stars of science writing pick the books that fired their imaginations

Brian Cox, Garry Kasparov, Adam Rutherford, Claudia Hammond and others

10, Jul, 2017 @11:10 AM

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Royal Society's young people's prize goes to 'well cool' pop-up book
How Machines Work by David Macaulay is praised by school-age judges for story of the mechanics used by a sloth to escape his zoo

Sian Cain

21, Nov, 2016 @2:02 PM

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When it comes to winning book prizes, gender has nothing to do with it
Suggestions that winners of major literary prizes have benefitted from their gender is insulting to the judges, to the prizes and most of all, to the writers

Adam Rutherford

25, Sep, 2016 @6:30 AM

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Why have women finally started winning science book prizes?
Andrea Wulf’s victory in the Royal Society prize this week continues a trend that has seen female authors triumphing after many years on the margins

John Dugdale

23, Sep, 2016 @2:30 PM

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Alexander von Humboldt biography wins Royal Society science book prize
Andrea Wulf wins £25,000 award for The Invention of Nature, a biography of the 19th-century explorer who has more things named after him than any other human

Alison Flood

19, Sep, 2016 @6:45 PM

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The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson review - Newton, Einstein and the invisible planet
It’s a story that has been told many times, but this new take on the revolution in astronomy from Newton to Einstein is a fresh, smartly-paced read

Tim Radford

10, Sep, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Bill Bryson hails 'thrilling' Royal Society science book prize shortlist
Author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, chairing this year’s judges, says finalists are ‘as interesting, useful and accessible as any writing you will find in any genre’

Alison Flood

04, Aug, 2016 @10:47 AM

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