Support us | Visit us | Contact us
The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll, won the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize.
Sean Carroll, the winner of the prize in 2013, with Dara O Briain who hosted the award event.
This prestigious prize celebrates outstanding popular science books from around the world and is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience. The author of the winning book will receive £25,000 and £2,500 each is awarded to the authors of up to five shortlisted books.
Sean Carroll's story of the hunt for the Higgs and the discovery of a new world was described by judges as an 'important, enduring piece of literature.' A video of the award event is available to view.
You can also see all six of the 2013 shortlisted entries, and download the books' first chapters.
The winning book was chosen by Jon Culshaw, Dr Emily Flashman, Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FRS, Joanne Harris and Lucy Siegle. A full list of all previous judges is available.
A poster displaying the 2013 shortlist is available to download for any schools, libraries or bookshops that wish to display it.
The Royal Society is currently accepting entries to the 2014 prize. The deadline to enter a book is Friday 28 February 2014.
James Gleick won the prize in 2012 for his book The Information.
Watch video interviews with authors from 2013's shortlist, including Tim Birkhead, Caspar Henderson and prize winner Sean Carroll, on the Royal Society's Youtube channel.
The previous winners are listed below, including Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Holmes, Bill Bryson and Jared Diamond. The Information by James Gleick won the prize in 2012. You can also find information on all past winners, shortlisted and longlisted books.
We also provide the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize for the best books that communicate science to young people.
Winner 2013The Particle at the End of the Universe
Shortlist 2013Download the first chapters from the shortlisted books
Open for 2014 EntriesEntry to the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize is now open
Watch interviews with the 2013 shortlisted authors on our Youtube channel
'The Particle at the End of the Universe'(2013)
'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)