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Join Professor Brian Cox as we look at the best science writing of 2018


Join our celebration of the best in popular science writing, as we announce the winner of this year's Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize and speak to the authors of this year's shortlist.

Selected from more than 250 entries, this year's six shortlisted books explore the fascinating hidden worlds of the everyday. They range from the precision engineering and complex computing that makes modern life possible, to ground-breaking research into how our own brains and immune systems work. We’re also given a new appreciation for the lives of the animals that inhabit our world, and a re-conceptualization of the solutions, solvents and substances that make everything possible from life to flight.

The event will be hosted by Professor Brian Cox, who will discuss the influences and inspirations that have guided each writer, plus there'll be a chance for you to ask your own questions to the panel of authors.

If you're unable to get to central London on the night you can still follow along at home on our livestream broadcast.

Kindly supported by Insight Investment.

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2018 shortlist 

Find out more about the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 18.00
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event will be livestreamed
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the events team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks before the event.
  • Travel and accessibility information 

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