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Science Writing – What Inspires You?

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Which science and popular science books inspire you? Celebrate 30 years of the Royal Society’s Science Books Prize; vote from a selection of books or nominate the book you think should be included in their #scibooks poll.

Vote here:

The poll closes at 23:59 on Sunday 16 July and the results will be announced as part of the Royal Society’s 30th birthday celebrations on July 19th.

Suggested books

  • The natural history of Selbourne, by Gilbert White (1789)
  • On the origin of species, by Charles Darwin (1859)
  • Married love, by Marie Carmichael Stopes (1918)
  • The science of life, by H.G. Wells, Julian Huxley and G.P. Wells (1920)
  • Silent spring, by Rachel Carson (1962)
  • The selfish gene, by Richard Dawkins (1976)
  • A brief history of time, by Stephen Hawking (1988)
  • Fermat’s last theorem, by Simon Singh (1997)
  • A short history of nearly everything, by Bill Bryson (2003)
  • Bad science, by Ben Goldacre (2009)
  • The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (2010)

What about current science writers – what inspires Brian Cox, Garry Kasparov, Claudia Hammond and others? The Guardian newspaper interviewed them to find out.

What science writing inspires you? Let us know in the comments below or on our facebook page at Young Thinkers Guild

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