Article published on September 20, 2017.
The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017 continues that fine tradition of finding the best science books out there and introducing us to new authors and the latest books that could pique our interest. The books on the short list are quite wide ranging and all very different. I Contain Multitudes is about the microbes that live within and around us; it is not for the fainthearted at times. If millions of microbes don’t appeal, then how about reading Beyond Infinity, where Cheng takes us to another level with numbers. There are two books about the mind; Other Minds takes us on a journey to understand the inner workings of the cephalopods, while In Pursuit of Memory looks at the latest research into Alzheimer’s. The two final titles concern our sense of self and our bodies. Cordelia Fine takes on the myths surrounding gender in Testosterone Rex, while To Be a Machine is Mark O’Connell’s exploration of those wishing to push the limits of both technology and the body.
I do not envy the choice of the judges, but if I had to pick one, I’d go for In Pursuit of Memory, a personal and poignant account of the latest on the tragic disease that is Alzheimer’s.
The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017 Shortlist:
Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds by Cordelia Fine **WINNER**
Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith
In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli
Click on the links above to read Paul’s reviews of all the shortlisted titles.
Royal Society Science Book Prize 2017 WINNER: Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds by Cordelia Fine
From Source to Sea by Tom Chesshyre
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