Our desire to find happiness is so appealing that Daniel Gilbert's book Stumbling on Happiness has been tipped to take this year's Royal Society Prize for Science Books, with William Hill making it the 2/1 favourite to win the prize, it was announced today (Tuesday 8 May).
Gilbert is closely followed in the race to win the prestigious prize by Robert Henson's Rough Guide to Climate Change which, with odds of 3/1, is the second favourite.
The William Hill odds for the six shortlisted books are:
Odds: 2/1 Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert, a psychological guide which reflects the different ways that we can reach happiness, sometimes without even knowing it.
Odds: 3/1 The Rough Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson, a complete guide to the issue of climate change, a topic that is hugely relevant in today's society.
Odds: 7/2 In Search of Memory by Eric R. Kandel, a memoir charting the progression of knowledge about the mind, beginning in Nazi-occupied Vienna and ending with the winning of his Nobel Prize.
Odds: 5/1 Lonesome George by Henry Nicholls, a tale of conservation about a tortoise who is the last remaining survivor of his species on the Galapagos Islands.
Odds: 5/1 Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer, which takes you on a fascinating journey through the development of human life in Britain.
Odds: 5/1 One in Three by Adam Wishart, an account of the medical advances in the understanding and treatment of cancer and the impact the disease had on the author's family.
The winner will be announced on 15 May 2007 and awarded £10,000. The author of each shortlisted book will receive £1000.
The Royal Society Junior Science books prize, which is selected entirely by judging panels of young people, will also be announced at the same ceremony.
The junior shortlist includes Richard Hammond's Can you feel the force? The presenter of Top Gear and the science series Brainiac takes you on a journey explaining exciting elements of physics happening all around us which we cannot see. Other books include It's true! Space turns you into spaghetti which gives tips on how to become an astronaut, Natural Disasters that outlines ways to cope with devastation and My Body Book a guide that reveals what's inside your body.