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Life Ascending wins Royal Society Prize for Science Books

22nd October 2010

Nick Lane has taken home the Royal Society Prize for Science Books for his Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution.

The author, whose book charts the history of evolution through ten key changes to lifeforms, received the GBP 10,000 prize at a ceremony held at the Royal Society's headquarters in south-west London.

Maggie Philbin, chair of the judging panel, said Life Ascending is 'beautifully written' and demonstrates that Lane is not afraid to present his readers with challenging ideas.

'Science writing shouldn't patronise readers, it should help them to develop their scientific thinking and apply it to the world around them, something exemplified by this wonderful and engaging book,' she added.

The other books shortlisted for the award were We Need To Talk About Kelvin by Marcus Chown, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw's Why Does E=mc2?, Everyday Practice of Science by Frederick Grinnell, Henry Pollack's A World Without Ice and God's Philosophers by James Hannam.

Richard Holmes won the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books with The Age of Wonder, his account of how the Romantic movement was inspired by the scientific breakthroughs of the 18th century.
 

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