New Zealand popular science books

Last December The Royal Society of New Zealand, our national science academy, established a prize for popular science books. The first winner will be announced by Richard Dawkins in a live  video link at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival on Friday 15 May 2009.

Here are the five short-listed titles:

The Awa Book of New Zealand Science edited by Rebecca Priestley (Awa Press)
Falling for Science by Bernard Beckett (Longacre Press)
Hot Topic: Climate Change and the Future of New Zealand by Gareth Renowden (AUT Media)
In Search of Ancient New Zealand by Hamish Campbell and Gerard Hutching (Penguin)
Wetlands of New Zealand: A Bitter-sweet Story by Janet Hunt (Random House)

I have read  In Search of Ancient New Zealand (excellent book – see Evolution of New Zealand) and have purchased The Awa Book of New Zealand Science and  Hot Topic so they are on my “to read” list.

By the way, Gareth Renowden, author of  Hot Topic, also runs a very informative popular New Zealand blog Hot Topic.

See also: Beattie’s Book Blog.

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4 responses to “New Zealand popular science books

  1. And I see that Science Fiction (I used to be a fan…) is included too! “Hot Topic: Climate Change and the Future of New Zealand”

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  2. And I see that Science Fiction (I used to be a fan…) is included too!

    Ross? Ross??
    Hello? Are you in there?

    The list is of popular… science… books.
    Please read more carefully.

    You need to look up the word “fiction”. That might help you in your confusion.

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  3. Why do you say that Ross? Have you read the book? Or is it something to do with your attitude towards science?

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