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The American conquest

Why are Americans dominating popular science?

By Philip Ball  

James Gleick's "The Information" has won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Why did American authors dominate the shortlist?

Reviewing a book favourably tends to leave one with proprietary feelings towards it, which is why I was delighted to see James Gleick’s elegant The Information win the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books last night. Admittedly, Gleick is not an author who needs this sort of accolade to guarantee good sales, but neither did most of the other contenders, who included Steven…

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