Gavin Pretor-Pinney

The Wavewatcher's Companion

Winner, Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2011

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

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From brainwaves to shock waves, light waves to sound waves, and radio waves to Mexican waves - everything inside us and around us is governed by the many different forms of waves. 'The Wavewatcher's Companion' shows us how to tune into the shapes, colours and forms of life's many undulations.

Judges' comments

“A brilliant almost poetic book that really opened our eyes. We were amazed to find that we now see waves everywhere we look, making the world around us a more absorbing and enchanting place, thanks to modern science.”

Gavin Pretor-Pinney said: “I’m really grateful to the jury, Royal Society and Winton Capital Management. What interests me in science is that it follows from being curious about the world around us. I hope my book motivates others to be curious too!” 

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Royal Society Prize for Science Books

Aventis Prize for Science Books

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