Novelist Naomi Alderman will join the judging panel for the 30th anniversary of The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.
Chaired by Royal Society Fellow Richard Fortey, Alderman will be one of five judges including writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s "All in the Mind", Claudia Hammond, Channel 4’s Topical Specialist Factual Commissioner, Shaminder Nahal and Royal Society University Research Fellow, Sam Gilbert.
Alderman said: “It's a terrible shame that arts and sciences are so often seen as mutually opposed, and that there's so little understanding of what makes great work in 'the other' culture. So many of the most urgent problems that face us today can only be solved by thinking in an interdisciplinary way. That's why I'm particularly thrilled to be a judge of this prize, where we'll be looking both for great science and excellent writing and storytelling.”
The £25,000 prize celebrates outstanding popular science books from around the world and is open to books written for a non-specialist audience.
The shortlist will be revealed on 3rd August, with the winner crowned at an evening ceremony on 19th September, hosted by Brian Cox. Each of the five shortlisted authors will receive £2,500.
Previous winners have included writers such as Stephen Hawking, Jared Diamond, Stephen Jay Gould and Bill Bryson.