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The longlist for the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is shown below with the judges' comments.
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (Penguin)“A jaunty and engaging exploration of the human memory”
My Beautiful Genome by Lone Frank (Oneworld)“A refreshingly honest dive into the nature-nurture debate.”
The Information by James Gleick (Fourth Estate)“An original concept that changes your view of the world and the way information has shaped it.”
The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene (Penguin)“A clear and compelling account that unveils extraordinary parallel worlds and our place within them.”
The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso (Granta)“A moving, almost poetic insight into the world of modern medicine.”
The 4% Universe by Richard Panek (Oneworld)“A beautifully written account of what we’re made of – and what we’re not.”
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker (Allen Lane)“An important and original book expounding on mankind’s relationship with violence.”
The Address Book by Tim Radford (Fourth Estate)“A captivating journey through our place in the universe.”
Pricing the Future by George G Szpiro (Basic Books)“A surprisingly fascinating insight into the world’s financial markets.”
Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth by Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle (Texas A&M)“An important subject ripe for discussion in a scientifically reputable way.”
The Folly of Fools by Robert Trivers (Basic Books). Also published in the UK as 'Deceit and Self Deception' (Allen Lane)“An original exploration of the place of self deception in the human animal.”
The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe (Allen Lane)“This book takes a potentially terrifying subject and successfully makes it both readable and optimistic.”
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