Royal Society Announces Shortlist for Winton Prize for Science Books

2011 Winton Books Shortlist Part 1

The Royal Society has announced the shortlist of six books for the annual Winton Prize for Science Books. The winning book will announced on November 17, 2011. Here are the shortlisted books with comments by the judges:
  • Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos (Bloomsbury)

    The judges said, "This book is a complete revelation. A rich and diverse story of mathematics, peppered with anecdote and personalities, whirling round the globe and through history from Euclid to the supercomputer, it brings maths bursting to life in a way we never expected."

  • Through the Language Glass: How Words Colour Your World by Guy Deutscher (William Heinemann)

    The judges said, "A enthralling book that truly broadened our understanding of language, culture and the science of perception, using startling experiments to make us re-think the subtle assumptions with which we all view and describe the material world."

  • The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean (Doubleday (UK); Little, Brown and Company (USA))

    The judges said, "This is much more than just a witty guide to the periodic table it gives a fascinating insight into the history of the elements, how they were discovered, and the extraordinary part they play in our lives."

  • The Wave Watcher's Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Bloomsbury)

    The judges said, "A brilliant almost poetic book that really opened our eyes. We were amazed to find that we now see waves everywhere we look, making the world around us a more absorbing and enchanting place, thanks to modern science."

  • Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science by Ian Sample (Basic Books (USA); Virgin Books (UK))

    The judges said, "An extraordinary book that tells the real human story behind one of the biggest science adventures of our time, managing to translate the complex concepts of particle physics into a real page-turner."

  • The Rough Guide to The Future by Jon Turney (Rough Guides)

    The judges said, "A thought-provoking and refreshingly optimistic view of the future across the whole range of the sciences, with a highly original style of brief and multi-focused presentations, that sets it apart from conventional scientific writing."
2011 Winton Books Shortlist Part 2

Posted on October 10, 2011

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