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Royal Society Prizes for Science Books 2008 General Prize

Scott Keir
 
A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (Penguin Press Science)
A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (Penguin Press Science)
"Shortlisted. The judges said "This is a book about a man whom you cannot ignore.""
Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise
Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise
"Shortlisted. The judges said "It's a wonderful, thought provoking, ramble through science and evolutionary history.""
Gut Feelings: Short Cuts to Better Decision Making
Gut Feelings: Short Cuts to Better Decision Making
"Shortlisted. The judges said "It is a completely absorbing book which will be relevant to a wide audience.""
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
"Shortlisted. The judges said "A thought-provoking read which makes the issues of global warming very real and immediate.""
The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began
The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began
"Shortlisted. The judges said "A wonderful historical biography. This 19th century melodrama gets you straight into the science of sun spots.""
Why Beauty is Truth: The History of Symmetry
Why Beauty is Truth: The History of Symmetry
"Shortlisted. The judges said "An elegant and beautifully written book on a key mathematical topic which links through to many different subjects.""
Better Looking, Better Living, Better Loving: How Chemistry Can Help You Achieve Life's Goals
Better Looking, Better Living, Better Loving: How Chemistry Can Help You Achieve Life's Goals
"Longlisted. The judges said "A very practical, informative and interesting read which reveals chemistry as being key to modern life.""
How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist
How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist
"Longlisted. The judges said "A fun book, full of experiments which shows that science can be enjoyed by everyone.""
Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World
Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World
"Longlisted. The judges said "A wonderfully clear introduction to the neuroscience of thinking. The author's personality shines through and he is charmingly entertaining.""
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
"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.""
Why The Lion Grew Its Mane: A Miscellany of Recent Scientific Discoveries from Astronomy to Zoology
Why The Lion Grew Its Mane: A Miscellany of Recent Scientific Discoveries from Astronomy to Zoology
"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.""
Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
"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.""