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This year's winner is James Gleick's The Information.See the full shortlist here.
James Gleick’s The Information is the winner of the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Published by Fourth Estate, it tells the story of information and how humanity uses, transmits and stores it.
Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS, Chair of the judges, said: "The Information is an ambitious and insightful book that takes us, with verve and fizz, on a journey from African drums to computers, throwing in generous helpings of evidence and examples along the way. It is one of those very rare books that provide a completely new framework for understanding the world around us. It was a privilege to read."
The £10,000 prize was awarded to James Gleick by Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Prize-winning President of the Royal Society at a ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in London.
The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is the leading award for popular science writing. Books shortlisted for the award are accessible, interesting and compelling accounts of the world around us or inside us.
This prestigious prize is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience. The winner is chosen by a judging panel which is appointed annually. They release a longlist of about 12 books and a shortlist of 6 books before the winner is announced. The authors of the shortlisted books each receive £1,000 with the winner receiving £10,000. Past winners include Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Holmes, Bill Bryson and Jared Diamond.
The ‘Science Books Prize’ was originally established in 1988 with the aim of encouraging the writing, publishing and reading of good and accessible popular science books. From 1990-2000 it was known as the ‘Rhône-Poulenc Prize for Science Books’, from 2001-2006 as the ‘Aventis Prize for Science Books’ and from 2007-2010 as the 'Royal Society Prize for Science Books'.
We also award the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize for books that communicate science to young people.
The judges for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books are:
Jon CulshawImpressionist and comedianDr Emily FlashmanRoyal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of OxfordProfessor Uta Frith DBE FBA FRSEmeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College LondonJoanne HarrisNovelist and author of ChocolatLucy SiegleJournalist and writer on environmental issues
Most recent news for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
The previous book prize winners are given below. A full list of all shortlisted entries and a list of all previous judges are also available.
'The Wavewatcher's Companion'(2011)
'Life Ascending' (2010)
'The age of wonder' (2009)
'Six degrees: Our future on a hotter planet' (2008)
'Stumbling on Happiness ' (2007)
'Electric Universe' (2006)
'Critical Mass' (2005)
'A Short History of Nearly Everything' (2004)
'Right Hand, Left Hand' (2003)
'The Universe in a Nutshell' (2002)
'Mapping the Deep' (2001)
'The Elegant Universe' (2000)
'The Man who Loved Only Numbers' (1999)
'Guns, Germs and Steel' (1998)
Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
'The Wisdom of Bones' (1997)
'Plague's Progress' (1996)
'The Consumer's Good Chemical Guide' (1995)
'The Language of the Genes' (1994)
'The Making of Memory' (1993)
'The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee' (1992)
Stephen Jay Gould
'Wonderful Life' (1991)
'The Emperor's New Mind' (1990)
'Bones of Contention' (1989)
British Medical Association
'Living with Risk' (1988)