Royal Society Prizes for Science Books 2007. The winners for the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books 2007, celebrating the best books published for the first time in English during 2006, were announced at an award ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 15 May 2007.Congratulations to the winners of the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books 2007. The winners are:
- Junior Prize: Can You Feel the Force? by Richard Hammond, published by Dorling Kindersley;
- General Prize: Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert, published by Harper Press.
The Junior Prize is given to the best book written for young people aged up to 14 years old. Can You Feel the Force? uses physics to answer questions such as, ‘can you lie on a bed of nails?, ‘what’s inside an atom?’ and ‘can you walk on custard?’. It also provides an accessible and entertaining introduction to some of the great scientists, such as Newton and Galileo, and outlines simple experiments to try at home.
Stumbling on Happiness draws on psychology and neuroscience, as well as personal experience, to take the reader through the various ways people attempt to make themselves happy. Finding happiness is an underlying desire for most of us but how to achieve and sustain it often proves problematic. Gilbert uses science to show that it is not always through conventional routes that we find happiness.