Longlist revealed for Royal Society Winton Prize

Titles on waves, malaria and spiders’ webs have been longlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

The 13 titles also include titles by Matt Ridley, Tim Flanney and Alex Bellos.

Chair of judges, author Monica Ali, said: “The vast range and sheer number of popular science books clearly demonstrates the growing importance of science in all parts our world and a wider recognition of that importance.

“Narrowing down the entries to just 13 long-listed books was surprisingly tough, choosing a shortlist seems likely to prove even tougher!”

The shortlist will be announced on 27th September and the winner will be announced on 17th November. The authors of the shortlisted books each receive £1,000 and the winner receives £10,000.

The longlist in full:

Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos (Bloomsbury)

Here on Earth; A New Beginning by Tim Flannery (Allen Lane/Penguin Press)

Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle by Ian Sample (Basic Books)

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (Oneworld Publications)

Spider Silk by Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L Craig (Yale University Press)

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean (Little, Brown)

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Mankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Price of Altruism
by Oren Harman (The Bodley Head)

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley (Fourth Estate)

The Rough Guide to the Future by Jon Turney (Rough Guides)

The Wavewatcher's Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Bloomsbury)

Through the Language Glass: How words colour your world by Guy Deutscher
(William Heinemann)

What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly (Viking)