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2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize

The 2017 Prize is now closed for submissions and judging is underway to find the 30th winner. 

After several months of judging, we are delighted to announce our 2017 shortlist. The winning book will be revealed at our award ceremony on 19 September. To find out more about each of the 6 chosen books or our current judging panel, please follow the links below.

About the shortlist, Chair of this year's panel Professor Richard Fortey says:

“We are thrilled with the variety and breadth of this shortlist. These books explore new frontiers, both internally and as far as infinity. They grapple with the big questions of our time: what it is to be human; gender politics; ageing. It takes great courage and skill to face those complex and forbidding subjects and to convey them in such a comprehensive and enjoyable manner. 

“The perfect science book marries scientific breakthrough with elegant, engaging communication. Reading these books side-by-side, we were struck by how creative and unique each voice was, and the varied ways these writers tackle their subjects, using metaphors and personal stories as much as scientific facts.”

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Shortlist 2017

Judging panel 2017