The six titles on the shortlist for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books have been named.
Life Ascending by Nick Lane, Marcus Chown's We Need To Talk About Kelvin and Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw are among the titles in line to win the accolade.
Other remaining shortlisted titles are Frederick Grinnell's Everyday Practice of Science, A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack and God's Philosophers by James Hannam.
The Royal Society has also sent a complete set of the shortlist to prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
Maggie Philbin, chair of the judges, said: 'We hope that the prime minister and deputy prime minister find these books as inspiring as we do. This year's shortlist is accessible, relevant and well written and showcases the very best of this year's science writing.'
The winner of the GBP 10,000 award will be announced on October 21st at an event at the Royal Society in London.
Last year, Richard Holmes won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books with The Age of Wonder - an exploration of how a passion for science spread throughout Britain at the close of the 18th century.