In our new science books section, we keep track of some of the books coming out by Five Books interviewees and frequently recommended authors. It's a golden age for science and science books are following suit, exploring all manner of subjects in an engaging and accessible style for a broad audience. We also are fortunate that the UK's national science academy, the Royal Society (which was founded in 1660 and so still has a wonderfully 17th century official name: "The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge") has two annual book awards, one for adults and one for kids. We try to have the judges take us through the shortlists every year, to ensure those books are also included.
(We also have a separate section dedicated to new math books).
The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women
by Linda Scott
The Great Pretender
by Susannah Cahalan
Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
by Gaia Vince
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson
The World According to Physics
by Jim Al-Khalili
Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships
by Camilla Pang
The Royal Society is the world’s oldest independent scientific academy, dedicated to promoting excellence in science—and that includes an annual prize for the best popular science book. Here Professor Anne Osbourn, Fellow of the Royal Society and chair of this year’s judging panel, talks us through the six books that made the 2020 shortlist—and what makes them intriguing, accessible and exciting.