Since 1988, the Royal Society has celebrated outstanding popular science writing and authors. Over the decades, the Prize has celebrated some notable winners including Bill Bryson and Stephen Hawking, and most recently Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore for her insight into how the adolescent brain develops. Each year our panel of expert judges, comprising eminent scientists, authors, journalists and broadcasters, choose the book that they believe makes popular science writing compelling and accessible to the public.
The call for entries for the 2019 prize is now open.
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The 2018 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize was awarded to Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore for her book Inventing Ourselves. In it, Blakemore offers fresh insight based on her own laboratory research about how the brain develops during adolescence to shape the adults we become.
Watch the 2018 award ceremony, presented by Professor Brian Cox.
Find out about the Young People's Book Prize.