His book, The Particle at the End of the Universe, beat 5 other excellent titles. and the Judges were unanimous in their decision.
The book was also recently reviewed by Richard Easther on SciBlogs (see The Higgs, the Universe and Everything).
I was very impressed with his last book, From Eternity to Here, so I am very much looking forward to reading this one.
Here is a short video of Sean reading from his book before the announcement.
‘The particle at the end of the universe’ by Sean Carroll.
Sean Carroll is a great science communicator. He participates in, and organises, some great on-line discussions of science and philosophy. He also manages a science blog - have a read of his own comments on the Winton Prize. In these he reminds us not to forget the other excellent books on the shortlist:
“I wouldn’t have wanted to be on the prize jury, however. All of the six shortlisted books are fascinating in their own ways, and at some point it’s comparing apples to pears. I wouldn’t have been surprised if any of the other contenders had walked away with the trophy:
Bird Sense, Tim Birkhead
From Cells to Civilizations, Enrico Coen
Pieces of Light, Charles Fernyhough
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson
The Ocean of Life, Callum Roberts”
The recent Science Weekly podcast has a great discussion of all the books shortlisted for the Winton prize. In it two of the judges speak really enthusiasticly about all these books – and some that didn’t make the shortlist. Really makes we want to get all the books on the list and get stuck into reading them straight away.