Ed Yong shortlisted for Science Book Prize

3rd August 2017|Literary Awards

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong has been selected for the shortlist for The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017. The prize is in its 30 year, and celebrates the best science writing for a non-specialist audience.

The judges praised the variety of books on the shortlist, each grappling with “the big questions of our time”, as well as the creative techniques used to marry scientific discovery with an engaging “comprehensive and enjoyable” narrative.

In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.

We learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. We see how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make-up. And we meet the scientists who are manipulating these microscopic partners to our advantage.

In a million tiny ways, I Contain Multitudes will radically change the way you think about the natural world, and the way you see yourself.

The 2017 winner will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Professor Brian Cox on the 19th September.

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I Contain Multitudes

I Contain Multitudes

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