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Gleick wins Science Books prize

James Gleick has won the 2012 Royal Society Prize for Science Books for his book The Information (Fourth Estate), which, according to the judges, "provide(s) a completely new framework for understanding the world around us".

Gleick received the £10,000 prize from Nobel-winning president of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse at a ceremony yesterday evening (26th November).

Professor Jocelyn Bell, chair of the judges, said: "The Information is an ambitious and insightful book that takes us, with verve and fizz, on a journey from African drums to computers, throwing in generous helpings of evidence and examples along the way.  It is one of those very rare books that provide a completely new framework for understanding the world around us. It was a privilege to read."

The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience Past winners include Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Holmes, Bill Bryson and Jared Diamond.