Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize: All winners, shortlisted and longlisted
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YearOutcomeTitleAuthorPublisher
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2017WinnerTestosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds Cordelia FineIcon Books
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2017Shortlisted
Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of the Mathematical Universe
Eugenia ChengProfile Books
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2017ShortlistedOther Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent LifePeter Godfrey-Smith William Collins
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2017ShortlistedIn Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer'sJoseph Jebelli John Murray
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2017Shortlisted
To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
Mark O'Connell Granta Books
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2017Shortlisted
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong Bodley Head
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2016WinnerThe Invention of NatureAndrea WulfHodder
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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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2015Winner
Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made
Gaia VinceChatto & Windus
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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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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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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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2014LonglistedDice World: Science and Life in a Random UniverseBrian CleggIcon Books
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2014LonglistedThe Compatibility GeneDaniel M DavisAllen Lane, Penguin Press
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2014Longlisted
What a Wonderful World: One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
Marcus ChownFaber & Faber
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2014Longlisted
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
Marlene ZukW.W. Norton
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2014LonglistedMy Brief HistoryStephen HawkingTransworld
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2014LonglistedTesla: Inventor of the Electrical AgeW. Bernard CarlsonPrinceton University Press
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2013WinnerThe Particle at the End of the UniverseSean CarrollOne World Publications
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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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2013LonglistedThe Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human BodyFrances AshcroftAllen Lane
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2013LonglistedLife’s RatchetPeter HoffmannBasic Books
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2013LonglistedThe Story of EarthRobert HazenViking
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2013LonglistedThe Cosmic Tourist
Sir Patrick Moore, Brian May and Chris Lintott
Carlton Books
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2013LonglistedThe Life of a LeafSteven VogelThe University of Chicago Press
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2013LonglistedAir: The Restless Shaper of the WorldWilliam Bryant LoganWW Norton
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2012WinnerThe InformationJames GleickFourth Estate
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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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2012LonglistedPricing the FutureGeorge G SzpiroBasic Books
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2012LonglistedRace? Debunking a Scientific MythIan Tattersall and Rob DeSalleTexas A&M
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2012LonglistedThe 4 percent UniverseRichard PanekOneworld
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2012LonglistedThe Folly of FoolsRobert TriversBasic Books
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2012LonglistedThe Two Kinds of DecaySarah MangusoGranta
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2012LonglistedThe Address BookTim RadfordFourth Estate
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2011WinnerThe Wavewatcher’s CompanionGavin Pretor-PinneyBloomsbury
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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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2011LonglistedWhat Technology WantsKevin KellyViking
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2011Longlisted
Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging and Mating
Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L. CraigYale University Press
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2011LonglistedPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in SpaceMary RoachOneworld Publications
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2011LonglistedThe Rational Optimist: How Prosperity EvolvesMatt RidleyFourth Estate
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2011Longlisted
The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness
Oren HarmanThe Bodley Head
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2011LonglistedThe Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 YearsSonia ShahSarah Crichton Books
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2011LonglistedHere on Earth: A new beginningTim FlanneryAllen Lane, Penguin Books
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2010WinnerLife AscendingNick LaneProfile
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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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2010Longlisted
The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
Iain McGilchristYale University Press
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2010LonglistedStorms of My GrandchildrenJames HansenBloomsbury
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2010LonglistedWhy Evolution is TrueJerry A. CoyneOxford University Press
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2010LonglistedIn Search of the MultiverseJohn GribbinAllen Lane, Penguin Press
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2010LonglistedComplexity: A Guided TourMelanie MitchellOxford University Press
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2010LonglistedDarwin's IslandSteve JonesLittle, Brown Book Group
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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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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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2009LonglistedMicrocosm: E. coli and the new science of lifeCarl ZimmerWilliam Heinemann
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2009LonglistedIce, mud and blood: Lessons from climates pastChris TurneyPalgrave Macmillan
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2009LonglistedStrange fruit: Why both sides are wrong in the race debateKenan MalikOneworld Publications
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2009Longlisted
Quantum: Einstein. Bohr and the great debate about the nature of reality
Manjit KumarIcon Books
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2009Longlisted
Living with Enza: The forgotten story of Britain and the great flu pandemic of 1918
Mark HonigsbaumPalgrave Macmillan
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2009LonglistedPhysics for future presidents: The science behind the headlinesRichard A MullerWW Norton
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2009Longlisted
The universe in a mirror : The saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the visionaries who built it
Robert ZimmermanPrinceton University Press
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2008WinnerSix degrees: Our future on a hotter planetMark LynasFourth Estate
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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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2008LonglistedMaking up the mind: How the brain creates our mental worldChris FrithWiley-Blackwell
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