Shortlist

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.

Bird Sense UK jacket

Bird Sense by Tim Birkhead

Published by Bloomsbury

What it’s like to be a bird

The 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).

Particle

The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll

Published by One World Publications

The hunt for the Higgs and the discovery of a new world

The 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).

Cells

Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change That Shape Life by Enrico Coen

Published by Princeton University Press

The 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).

Pieces jacket

Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory by Charles Fernyhough

Published by Profile Books

The new science of memory

The 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).

Book of Barely Imagined Beings

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings by Caspar Henderson

Published by Granta

A 21st century bestiary

The 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).

Ocean of Life

Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts

Published by Allen Lane (Penguin Books)

How our seas are changing

The 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).

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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Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books
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Celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people.