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Join shortlisted authors and judges of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books 2010 to discuss the ins and outs of popular science books - why we read them, how authors write them and what the future holds.

The Royal Society Prize for Science Books 2010 celebrates the best of 2009's new popular science writing. Six books have been selected for the shortlist by a panel of judges led by Maggie Philbin.

Whether you think popular science is serious fun, stranger than fiction or a curious world, hear readings of short extracts from the six books, and join Maggie and all the shortlisted authors for a conversation about great science writing.

The six books shortlisted by the judges are: A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack (Avery Books, Penguin Group), Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic by Frederick Grinnell (Oxford University Press), God’s Philosophers: How the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science by James Hannam (Icon Books), Life Ascending by Nick Lane (Profile Books), We Need To Talk About Kelvin by Marcus Chown (Faber and Faber), Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (Da Capo Press, Perseus Books Group).

The winner was announced at the end of this event as Life Ascending, by Nick Lane (Profile Books).