Royal Society Prize Winners
Nick Lane's book on the ingenuity of evolution, Life Ascending, has won the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books, but lack of sponsorship means that he may be the last winner of this award. We look back at the Prize's 22-year history by selecting some of our favourite winners and shortlisted titles from previous years.
Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him...
Ben Goldacre's wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations.
Jared M. Diamond
This work abandons the conventional distinctions between history and science. Diamond focuses on what ancient people were endowed with in the way of land, animals and plants, and on the...
Imagine a future where we are not alone - where our universe is just one of countless parallel worlds, some strangely familiar, some almost unimaginable. This title takes us to...
Brian Cox; Jeff Forshaw
An explanation of Einstein's equation that explores the principles of physics through everyday life. It considers the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most...
Randomness and uncertainty surround everything we do. So why are we so bad at understanding them? This title reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding everything from stock-picking to...
Tells the story of how one creature's journey out of the water made the human body what it is today - and one man's voyage of discovery in search of...
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, Richard Holmes's dazzling portrait of the age of great scientific discovery is a groundbreaking...
Describes the ten greatest inventions of life, including DNA, sex, sight and consciousness, based on their historical impact, role in living organisms and relevance to controversies. This book explains how...
In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating roller-coaster ride through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that...
The paperback of the Sunday Times bestseller that reveals how the earth became the shape it is today. This book will change the way you see the world -- permanently.
The biography of a mathematical genius. Paul Erdos was the most prolific pure mathematician in history and, arguably, the strangest too.
The linguist and neurologist argues that some aspects of human behaviour are hard-wired and cannot be shaped by our society and culture.
In this fascinating and often hilarious work - winner of the Royal Society of Science Prize 2007 - pre-eminent psychologist Daniel Gilbert shows how - and why - the majority...
One of the most brilliant scientists of our age gives us his definitive work: a synthesis of his comprehensive vision of life.
The adjective 'medieval' is a synonym for superstition and ignorance. Yet without the work of medieval scholars there could have been no Galileo, no Newton and no Scientific Revolution. This...