Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize: All winners, shortlisted and longlisted
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YearOutcomeTitleAuthorPublisher
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2016WinnerThe Invention of NatureAndrea WulfHodder
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2015Winner
Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made
Gaia VinceChatto & Windus
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2014Winner
Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
Mark MiodownikViking – an imprint of Penguin Books
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2013WinnerThe Particle at the End of the UniverseSean CarrollOne World Publications
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2012WinnerThe InformationJames GleickFourth Estate
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2011WinnerThe Wavewatcher’s CompanionGavin Pretor-PinneyBloomsbury
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2010WinnerLife AscendingNick LaneProfile
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2009Winner
The age of wonder: How the Romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science
Richard HolmesHarperpress
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2008WinnerSix degrees: Our future on a hotter planetMark LynasFourth Estate
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2007WinnerStumbling on HappinessDaniel GilbertHarper Press
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2006WinnerElectric Universe - How Electricity Switched on the Modern WorldDavid BodanisLittle Brown
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2005WinnerCritical Mass: How One Thing Leads to AnotherPhilip BallWilliam Heinemann
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2004WinnerA Short History of Nearly EverythingBill BrysonDoubleday/Transworld
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2003WinnerRight Hand, Left HandChris McManusWeidenfeld & Nicolson
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2002WinnerThe Universe in a NutshellStephen HawkingBantam Press/ Transworld Publishers
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2001WinnerMapping the Deep - The Extraordinary Story of Ocean ScienceRobert KunzigSort of Books
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2000WinnerThe Elegant UniverseBrian GreeneJonathan Cape
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1999WinnerThe Man who Loved Only NumbersPaul HoffmanFourth Estate
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1998WinnerGuns, Germs and SteelJared DiamondJonathan Cape
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1997WinnerThe Wisdom of Bones: In Search of Human OriginsAlan Walker and Pat ShipmanWeidenfeld and Nicolson
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1996WinnerPlague's ProgressArno KarlenVictor Gollancz
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1995WinnerThe Consumer's Good Chemical GuideJohn EmsleyWH Freeman
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1994WinnerThe Language of the GenesSteve JonesHarperCollins
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1993WinnerThe Making of MemorySteven RoseBantam Press
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1992WinnerThe Rise and Fall of the Third ChimpanzeeJared DiamondHutchinson Radius
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1991WinnerWonderful LifeStephen Jay GouldHutchinson Radius
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1990WinnerThe Emperor's New MindRoger PenroseOxford University Press
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1989WinnerBones of ContentionRobert LewinSimon and Schuster
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1988WinnerLiving with Risk
the British Medical Association Board of Science
the BMA and John Wiley and Sons
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2016ShortlistedCureJo MarchantCanongate
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2016Shortlisted
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World
Oliver MortonGranta
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2016ShortlistedThe GeneSiddhartha MukherjeeThe Bodley Head
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2016ShortlistedThe Hunt for VulcanThomas LevensonHead of Zeus
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2016ShortlistedThe Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird's EggTim BirkheadBloomsbury
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2015Shortlisted
Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
Alex BellosBloomsbury
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2015ShortlistedThe Man Who Couldn’t StopDavid AdamPicador
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2015ShortlistedLife on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
Johnjoe Mcfadden and Professor Jim Al-Khalili
Bantam Press
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2015ShortlistedSmashing Physics: Inside the World’s Biggest ExperimentJon ButterworthHeadline
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2015Shortlisted
Life’s Greatest Secret: The Story of the Race to Crack the Genetic Code
Matthew CobbProfile
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2014ShortlistedThe Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest MysteryGeorge JohnsonThe Bodley Head
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2014Shortlisted
Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
John Browne
Weidenfeld & Nicolson - an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group
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2014ShortlistedGulp: Adventures of the Alimentary CanelMary RoachOneworld
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2014ShortlistedThe Perfect TheoryPedro G. FerreiraLittle, Brown Book Group
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2014Shortlisted
Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler
Philip BallThe Bodley Head
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2013ShortlistedOcean of LifeCallum RobertsAllen Lane (Penguin Books)
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2013ShortlistedThe Book of Barely Imagined BeingsCaspar HendersonGranta
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2013ShortlistedPieces of LightCharles FernyhoughProfile Books
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2013ShortlistedCells to CivilizationsEnrico CoenPrinceton University Press
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2013ShortlistedBird SenseTim BirkheadBloomsbury
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2012ShortlistedThe Hidden RealityBrian GreeneAllen Lane (Penguin Books)
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2012ShortlistedMoonwalking with EinsteinJoshua FoerAllen Lane (Penguin Books)
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2012ShortlistedMy Beautiful GenomeLone FrankOneworld
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2012ShortlistedThe Viral StormNathan WolfeAllen Lane (Penguin Books)
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2012ShortlistedThe Better Angels of Our NatureSteven PinkerAllen Lane (Penguin Books)
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2011ShortlistedAlex’s Adventures in NumberlandAlex BellosBloomsbury
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2011ShortlistedThrough the Language Glass: How Words Colour Your WorldGuy DeutscherWilliam Heinemann
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2011Shortlisted
Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science
Ian SampleBasic Books
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2011ShortlistedThe Rough Guide to The FutureJon TurneyRough Guides
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2011ShortlistedThe Disappearing SpoonSam Kean
Doubleday (UK), Little, Brown and Company (USA)
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2010ShortlistedWhy Does E=mc2?Brian Cox and Jeff ForshawDa Capo Press
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2010Shortlisted
Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic
Frederick GrinnellOxford University Press
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2010ShortlistedA World Without IceHenry PollackAvery Books
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2010Shortlisted
God's Philosophers: How the Medieval world laid the foundations of modern science
James HannamIcon Books
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2010ShortlistedWe Need to Talk About KelvinMarcus ChownFaber
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2009ShortlistedWhat the nose knows: The science of scent in everyday lifeAvery GilbertCrown Publishers
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2009ShortlistedBad scienceBen GoldacreFourth Estate
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2009Shortlisted
Decoding the heavens: Solving the mystery of the world's first computer
Jo MarchantWilliam Heinemann
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2009ShortlistedThe drunkard's walk: How randomness rules our livesLeonard MlodinowAllen Lane, Penguin Press
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2009Shortlisted
Your inner fish: The amazing discovery of our 375-million-year-old ancestor
Neil ShubinAllen Lane, Penguin Press
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2008ShortlistedGut feelingsGerd GigerenzerPenguin - Allen Lane
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2008ShortlistedWhy beauty is truthIan StewartBasic Books
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2008ShortlistedA life decodedJ. Craig VenterPenguin Allen Lane
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2008ShortlistedCoral : A pessimist in paradiseSteve JonesLittle, Brown
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2008ShortlistedThe sun kingsStuart ClarkPrinceton University Press
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2007ShortlistedOne in ThreeAdam WishartProfile Books
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2007ShortlistedHomo BritannicusChris StringerPenguin Allen Lane
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2007ShortlistedIn Search of MemoryEric R. KandelWW Norton & Co
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2007ShortlistedLonesome GeorgeHenry NichollsMacmillan
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2007ShortlistedThe Rough Guide to Climate ChangeRobert HensonRough Guides
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2006Shortlisted
Empire of the Stars - Friendship, Obsession and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes
Arthur I. MillerLittle Brown
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2006ShortlistedCollapse - How Societies Choose to Fail or SurviveJared DiamondPenguin Allen Lane
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2006Shortlisted
Parallel Worlds - The Science of Alternative Universes and our Future in the Cosmos
Michio KakuPenguin
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2006ShortlistedPower, Sex, Suicide - Mitochondria and the Meaning of LifeNick LaneOxford University Press
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2006Shortlisted
The Truth About Hormones - What's Going on when we're Tetchy, Spotty, Fearful, Tearful or Just Plain Awful
Vivienne ParryAtlantic Books
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2005ShortlistedWhy life speeds up as you get olderDouwe DraaismaCambridge University Press
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2005ShortlistedMatters of SubstanceGriffith EdwardsPenguin (Allen Lane)
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2005ShortlistedThe Ancestor's TaleRichard DawkinsWeidenfeld & Nicholson
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2005ShortlistedThe Earth: An Intimate HistoryRichard ForteyHarperCollins
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2005ShortlistedThe Human MindRobert WinstonBantam Press/Transworld Publishers
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2004ShortlistedIn the Beginning was the WormAndrew BrownSimon & Schuster
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2004ShortlistedMutantsArmand Marie LeroiPenguin: Viking USA
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2004ShortlistedBackroom BoysFrancis SpuffordFaber & Faber
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2004ShortlistedNature via NurtureMatt RidleyFourth Estate
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2004ShortlistedMagic UniverseNigel CalderOxford University Press
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2003ShortlistedReckoning with RiskGerd GigerenzerAllen Lane
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2003ShortlistedSmall WorldMark BuchananWieidenfeld & Nicholson
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2003ShortlistedThe Extravagant UniverseRobert P KirshnerPrinceton University Press
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2003ShortlistedWhere Is Everybody?Stephen WebbCopernicus Books
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2003ShortlistedThe Blank SlateSteve PinkerAllen Lane
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