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Royal Society Prize for Science Books unveils longlist

16th June 2010

The 12 titles on the longlist for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books have been confirmed.

Steve Jones, who won the prize in 1994 with The Language of the Genes, has been nominated for this year's award with Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England.

Other titles competing for the GBP 10,000 prize include We Need To Talk About Kelvin by Marcus Chown, Jerry A. Coyne's Why Evolution is True, In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin and Frederick Grinnell's Everyday Practice of Science.

Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw has also been nominated, as have James Hannam's God's Philosophers, Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen and Nick Lane's Life Ascending.

Iain McGilchrist's The Master and his Emissary, Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell and Henry Pollack's A World Without Ice are the remaining titles longlisted for the award.

Maggie Philbin, chair of the judges, commented: 'There were some fascinating books in this year's entries, all of which explore science in very different ways. Narrowing it down to just 12 was very challenging.'

Last year, The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. The work is an account of how the Romantic generation was inspired by science.

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