Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 Shortlist Revealed
The shortlisted books up for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 have been revealed. As stated by Royal Society on their website, the chosen works not only put the "human story front and center" but also help put science on the spotlight.
One book that falls under the latter category is "Alex through the Looking-Glass" by Alex Bellos. A sequel to the critically acclaimed "Alex's Adventures in Numberland," the nominated book delves into life's mathematical groundwork with stories told with power laws, cones and everything in between.
Another book popular to the science-loving crowd is the "The Man Who Couldn't Stop" by David Adam, which follows the life of brilliant science writer named Adam, who is suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. As per Macmillan, the book explores the line between the normal and mental illness.
Also vying for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books this year are Professors Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden with "Life on the Edge." Royal Society says the book, which challenges the basic understanding of the world's dynamics and its life puzzles, already sold 10,000 copies in hardback.
Another contender is "Life's Greatest Secret: The Story of the Race to Crack the Genetic Code" by Matthew Cobb. According to The Guardian, this is a narrative of a group of human lifetime scientists' journey in unraveling the secret of life.
"Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet we Made" by Gaia Vince focuses on humans and the ideas and possibilities such as the establishment of a new geological era that come with them being the most dominant species in the face of the earth.
Should Vince's book emerged on top, the author will be the first female winner in the history of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, which was founded back in 1988. The winning author will be revealed on Sept. 24, wherein he or she will receive £25,000 and the honor to join the ranks of Stephen Hawking, Jared Diamond and Bill Bryson.
The shortlist was chosen by mathematician Ian Stewart, who serves as the chair, Guardian Books editor Claire Armitstead, Channel 4 lead anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy, electronic engineer Dr. Jo Shien Ng, science broadcaster Dr. Adam Rutherford, and acclaimed novelist Sarah Waters.
"While these books vary widely in their subject matter, they all excel at telling the human story, making science accessible and real without dumbing it down," Stewart said as quoted by Royal Society.
Meanwhile, Waters adds that "the best science writers can move and thrill us just as much as Austen or Dickens. While our education system leads us to believe that we are all either science people or arts people, these books prove that the two disciplines shouldn't be separated.
She explained that "Great science writing is an art" and she believes that the authors chosen to battle for the international award have proven that.