Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll, won the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize.

Book 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 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

The call for entries for the 2014 prize has now closed. The call for entries for the 2015 prize will open in November 2014.

James Gleick won the prize in 2012 for his book The Information.

Interviews and past winners

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.

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Winner 2013
The Particle at the End of the Universe

Shortlist 2013
Download the first chapters from the shortlisted books

Call for entries
Entry to the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize is now closed. The call for entries for the 2015 Prize will open in November this year.

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