Love science? Winton prize science shortlist is announced @RoyalSociety

COVERStuffMattersThe Royal Society has announced  the six book shortlist for the 2014 Winton Prize for Science books. The Science Prize winner will be announced at a public event at the Royal Society on 10 November 2014. The author of the winning book will receive £25,000, while the authors of each shortlisted book will receive £2,500. We’ve got them all in stock. Here’s the longlist

Professor Nicky Clayton FRS, chair of the judges said: “The judges had to think long and hard about which books to include on the shortlist this year. With so much good science writing out there at the moment, it was incredibly difficult to select only six,” “Whether we realise it or not, science is inextricably part of our culture and the books we have selected for the shortlist emphasise the central role it plays in all of our lives.

If you enjoy science in all of its many expressions, then this year’s contenders for the 2014 Science Prize are outstanding additions to your libraries, whether these are your community or university libraries or your personal bookshelves, and they are first-rate supplemental classroom materials, book club books, and gifts for the special people in your lives. Each of these books takes you on an informative and engaging journey of the science. Some are woven with humour and passionate personal stories; others shed light on incredibly complex topics. All are beautifully written and full of the wonder of science.” COVERTheCancerChronicles

Philip Ball – Servicing the Reich: the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler – Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime.

John Browne – Seven elements that have changed the world – Humans have put the Earth’s resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. This title vividly describes how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon have shaped the world around us – for good and for bad

Pedro FerreiraThe perfect theory: a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity – Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement in modern physics. Anything that involves gravity, the force that powers everything on the largest, hottest or densest of scales, can be explained by it. From the moment Einstein proposed the theory in 1915, it was received with enthusiasm yet also with tremendous resistance, and for the following 90 years was the source of a series of feuds, vendettas, ideological battles and international collaborations featuring a colourful cast of characters.

Seven elements that have changed the worldGeorge Johnson- The cancer chronicles: unlocking medicine’s deepest myster+ – When science-writer George Johnson’s wife was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, he plunged himself into a study of the disease and of the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is that a revolution is now underway – a thrilling explosion of theories about what cancer really is and where it comes from

Mark Miodownik – Stuff matters: the strange stories of the marvellous materials that shape our man-made world – Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? Why does a paperclip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? From the towering skyscrapers of our cities to the most ordinary objects in our homes, ‘Stuff Matters’ tells enthralling stories that explain the science and history of materials we take entirely for granted, while introducing some of humankind’s most ingenious and improbable inventions