Celebrating 30 years of popular science writing

History of the Prize

The best books have the power to inspire, move or even change a life, and for 30 years the Royal Society Science Book Prize has been championing the best in popular science writing. 

We believe the Prize is pivotal in promoting a wider understanding of science and its role in society, and all of our winning and shortlisted authors and books tell a story about the important scientific thinking of the time. 

To commemorate our legacy and celebrate the future of this genre of literature, we have hosted special events throughout 2017. Below you find videos and material created in celebration of the book prize's 30th anniversary. 

30th anniversary event video



Want to find out more about the book prize? View our 30th anniversary infographic for some interesting facts and figures about the Prize over the last 30 years.

Or if you are looking for your next read, take our flowchart of past winners to find out what book we would recommend. 

Keep an eye for further updates exploring the history of the prize.