Royal Society Prizes for Science Books 2008 General Prize

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A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (Penguin Press Science)
1.  A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (Penguin Press Science) by J. Craig Venter
The list author says:
  "Shortlisted. The judges said "This is a book about a man whom you cannot ignore.""
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise
2.  Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise by Professor Steve Jones
The list author says:
  "Shortlisted. The judges said "It's a wonderful, thought provoking, ramble through science and evolutionary history.""
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Gut Feelings: Short Cuts to Better Decision Making
3.  Gut Feelings: Short Cuts to Better Decision Making by Gerd Gigerenzer
The list author says:
  "Shortlisted. The judges said "It is a completely absorbing book which will be relevant to a wide audience.""
£9.99   Used & New from: £2.09
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
4.  Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
The list author says:
  "Shortlisted. The judges said "A thought-provoking read which makes the issues of global warming very real and immediate.""
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began
5.  The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began by Stuart Clark
The list author says:
  "Shortlisted. The judges said "A wonderful historical biography. This 19th century melodrama gets you straight into the science of sun spots.""
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Why Beauty is Truth: The History of Symmetry
6.  Why Beauty is Truth: The History of Symmetry by Ian Stewart
The list author says:
  "Shortlisted. The judges said "An elegant and beautifully written book on a key mathematical topic which links through to many different subjects.""
£9.99   Used & New from: £2.66
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Better Looking, Better Living, Better Loving: How Chemistry Can Help You Achieve Life's Goals
7.  Better Looking, Better Living, Better Loving: How Chemistry Can Help You Achieve Life's Goals by John Emsley
The list author says:
  "Longlisted. The judges said "A very practical, informative and interesting read which reveals chemistry as being key to modern life.""
£26.95   Used & New from: £8.81

How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist
8.  How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist by Mick O'Hare
The list author says:
  "Longlisted. The judges said "A fun book, full of experiments which shows that science can be enjoyed by everyone.""
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World
9.  Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World by Chris Frith
The list author says:
  "Longlisted. The judges said "A wonderfully clear introduction to the neuroscience of thinking. The author's personality shines through and he is charmingly entertaining.""
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
10.  The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker
The list author says:
  "Longlisted. The judges said "This book takes a difficult subject and carries you along with it. It introduces us to how language can tell us how the mind works.""
£10.68   Used & New from: £2.21
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Why The Lion Grew Its Mane: A Miscellany of Recent Scientific Discoveries from Astronomy to Zoology
11.  Why The Lion Grew Its Mane: A Miscellany of Recent Scientific Discoveries from Astronomy to Zoology by Lewis Smith
The list author says:
  "Longlisted. The judges said "Beautifully presented and easy to read it is a book that would be great to receive as a present. It sucks the reader into the world of science.""
£18.05   Used & New from: £1.31

Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
12.  Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion by Noah J. Goldstein
The list author says:
  "Longlisted. The judges said "A compelling book about why we do the things we do and what effect the art of persuasion has on us.""
£7.99   Used & New from: £1.85
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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