The Wavewatcher’s Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney has just been named the winner of the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
Richard Holmes, Chair of the judges: “The Wavewatcher’s Companion used relatively straight-forward science to transform our perspective on the world around us, both visible and invisible, in a completely radical way. From Mexican waves to electro-magnetic waves, it gave us a new delight and fascination in our immediate surroundings. We were inspired to see waves everywhere, and we were given an almost poetic vision of a dynamic universe. It is a book of old-fashioned charm and wit, provocatively organized and illustrated, and marvellously deft with its presentation of hard modern science. In short, it is a delightful winner.”
This book, along with all the other nominees, is available for loan from UWS Library.