We’re thrilled to learn that Jim Al-Khalili’s The World According to Physics has been shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Society Book Prize, sponsored by Insight Investment. The six titles on the shortlist were selected from more than 170 submissions and represent popular science writing from around the world. Chair of this year’s judging panel, Professor Anne Osbourn FRS, Group Leader at the John Innes Centre and Director of the Norwich Research Park Industrial Biotechnology Alliance, noted that: “This year’s shortlisted books represent carefully crafted explorations of the worlds both around and within us … [they] make science intriguing, accessible and exciting.” The other shortlisted titles include: Dr. Camilla Pang’s Explaining Humans, Bill Bryson’s The Body, Susannah Cahalan’s The Great Pretender, Gaia Vince’s Transcendence, and Linda Scott’s The Double X Economy. The winner of the Royal Society Book Prize will be announced Tuesday, November 3. A full announcement can be found here.
Available in print and audio editions, The World According to Physics offers an engaging, illuminating, and “thrilling” look at what physics reveals about the world.
Listen a preview of The World According to Physics audiobook.
Listen to Jim Al-Khalili on the BBC Science Focus podcast.
About the Author
Jim Al-Khalili is a professor of physics at University of Surrey. One of Britain’s best known science communicators, he hosts The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 and has presented numerous BBC television documentaries. A fellow of the Royal Society and a New York Times bestselling author, he’s written several previous books including Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed; The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance; and Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology. You may find him on Twitter @jimalkhalili.