# six science books shortlisted for Royal Society prize

Discussion in 'Sci Reviews' started by Orleander, Sep 8, 2009.

1. ### OrleanderOH JOY!!!!Valued Senior Member

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Anyone read any of these books?
I'm going to give a shot at winnign them. And if I do <fingers crossed> which one should I read first?

What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life by Avery Gilbert (Crown Publishers)

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (Harper Perennial) I think this one will be first on my list.

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes (HarperPress)

Decoding the Heavens: Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer by Jo Marchant (William Heinemann)

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow (Penguin)

Your Inner Fish: The Amazing Discovery of Our 375-million-year-old Ancestor by Neil Shubin (Penguin)

3. ### DywyddyrPenguinaciously duckalicious.Valued Senior Member

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Maybe it's just me, but I thought this was extremely funny.

5. ### OrleanderOH JOY!!!!Valued Senior Member

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LOL, ever seen a penguin walk?

7. ### StrawDogdisseminated primatemaiaValued Senior Member

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No not yet, this is great. These all seem most interesting, most notably, Your Inner Fish, first on my list, then Decoding the Heavens and The Drunkards Walk. :m:

8. ### OrleanderOH JOY!!!!Valued Senior Member

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why those ones?

9. ### StrawDogdisseminated primatemaiaValued Senior Member

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Those particular titles match what I generally read anyway. Having just completed "The Untold History of the Potato" by Steven Carroll.

The Inner Fish would be interesting giving our gills stage in human fetal development.
Decoding the Heavens would be interesting in revisiting what we now take for granted, ie: typing this and hitting "Submit Reply"

The Drunkards Walk seems interesting in that the thousands of little events that make up our each and every day, could be utterly random? What is the point? Is there a point? Is the point the point?