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The shortlist for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is shown below with the judges' comments.
The winning book will be announced at a public event on 25 November 2013.
A poster displaying the 2013 shortlist are available to download for any schools, libraries or bookshops that wish to display it.
Published by BloomsburyWhat it’s like to be a birdThe judges said: “Bird Sense opens new worlds to the imagination through a wealth of passionately observed science. You truly get a sense of what it is like to be a bird.”Download the first chapter of this book (PDF).
Published by One World PublicationsThe hunt for the Higgs and the discovery of a new worldThe judges said: “This book allows you to imagine the unimaginable. It’s the story of scientific discovery from start to end. It stands out as the best telling of an extraordinary tale, speaking to people who are not scientists.”Download the first chapter of this book (PDF).
Published by Princeton University PressThe principles of change that shape life The judges said: “Cells to Civilizations has tremendous scope and ambition. It challenges your thinking of how evolution works. It is unbelievably alive in parts and we could feel our brains growing as we read.”Download the first chapter of this book (PDF).
Published by Profile BooksThe new science of memoryThe judges said: “Our memories of reading this book are exceptionally good ones! It challenges so much of what we think we know about memory. It’s clear, logical and impulsive!”Download the first chapter of this book (PDF).
Published by GrantaA 21st century bestiaryThe judges said: “Henderson taps into forgotten wonder we first felt as children discovering the creatures of our world. The book itself is a beautiful object – the images bringing these barely imagined beings to life.”Download the first chapter of this book (PDF).
Published by Allen Lane (Penguin Books)How our seas are changingThe judges said: “Roberts sets modern conservation in context. For instance he has taken fisheries science and channelled it into the mainstream debate. This book is thrilling: a delightful mix of anecdote, research and polemic.”Download the first chapter of this book (PDF).
Winner 2013The Particle at the End of the Universe
Shortlist 2013Download the first chapters from the shortlisted books
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Royal Society Winton Prize for Science BooksCelebrates the best in popular science writing.
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