Longlist 2013

The longlist for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is shown below with the judges' comments.

The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body by Frances Ashcroft (Allen Lane) “Beautifully clear, engaging and accessible. A live wire account of the body electric.” Synopsis and author biography

Bird Sense by Tim Birkhead (Bloomsbury)

“A wonderful glimpse into an alien world. Imagine how birds hear, taste and feel.” Synopsis and author biography

The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll (Oneworld Publications) “Fizzing with enthusiasm. Makes you realize what the fuss with the Higgs Boson is all about.” Synopsis and author biography

Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life by Enrico Coen (Princeton University Press) “Daring and ambitious. Succeeds in making transparent the mechanisms of evolution and development.” Synopsis and author biography

Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory by Charles Fernyhough (Profile Books) “Illuminating. This book is not only about how memory works but what memory means to us.” Synopsis and author biography

The Story of Earth by Robert Hazen (Viking) “Brilliantly explains the origin of earth and life. Skilfully compressed into a punchy text.” Synopsis and author biography

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings by Caspar Henderson (Granta) “This is a treasure. Encapsulates the pure wonder of discovery and the strangeness of the world around us.” Synopsis and author biography

Life’s Ratchet by Peter Hoffmann (Basic Books) “A bold, enterprising book that explains how life starts from the very small.” Synopsis and author biography

Air: The Restless Shaper of the World by William Bryant Logan (WW Norton) “Lyrical - the poetry of this book is beautiful. Delights in dust and scent and all that fills the air around us.” Synopsis and author biography

The Cosmic Tourist by Sir Patrick Moore, Brian May and Chris Lintott (Carlton Books) “Exuberant and well illustrated. A book to inspire future cosmologists and astronomers.” Synopsis and author biography

Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts (Allen Lane) “A celebration and a wake-up call. The changing state of our oceans has never been made clearer.” Synopsis and author biography

The Life of a Leaf by Steven Vogel (The University of Chicago Press) “Exciting and visually engaging. Takes you back to what it is like to be a child looking at the world of plants.” Synopsis and author biography

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.

The prize is supported by Winton Capital Management.

Book prizes

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books
Celebrates the best in popular science writing.

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize
Celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people.