Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Eyes on the Prize

The Royal Society of London, founded in 1660, today announced the nominees for its 2009 Science Book Prize and What the Nose Knows made the list. To be plucked from the torrent of new books on popular science is a great honor.

The thirteen initial nominees will be whittled down to a short list of finalists on June 25. Short-listed authors receive £1,000, which, as we say here at First Nerve, is nothing to sniff at.

UPDATE May 26, 2009

New Scientist posts links to its reviews of the Royal Society Prize nominees.


Sali Oguri said...

Congratulations on making the list and I wish you the best!

Avery Gilbert said...


Thanks! I won't lie--this is a big thrill.

Anonymous said...

I am sooo jealous. Congratulations
Don Wilson

Avery Gilbert said...



First Nerve readers should know that Don Wilson and Richard Stevenson wrote the excellent Learning to Smell: Olfactory Perception from Neurobiology to Behavior (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2006). It's hard core science and has been influential in promoting the new "object recognition" approach to odor perception. I like the concept and include it in my popular lectures.

Olfacta said...

AG -- Well congratulations again! Well-deserved.