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Astrophysics: a Very Short Introduction - James Binney **** 11 January 2017 Part of the massive VSI range, a good primer for those who are interested in astronomy and want to understand more of the physics behind cosmological phenomena.
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The Secret World of the Brain: Catherine Loveday **** 7 January 2017 - Illustrated with excellent colour images, a well-written, modern exploration of the human brain and its function.
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Storm in a Teacup: Helen Czerski ***** 3 January 2017 - An excellent exploration of the physics in everyday life from boiling in egg to why ketchup gets stuck in bottles.

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The Royal Society Book Prize 2016

The winner has been announced: Andrea Wulf wins for her biography of Alexander von Humboldt, The Invention of Nature.
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