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This year's science book prize rewarded writing with "old-fashioned charm"—but where were the women?

Part of the pleasure of the presentation of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books on Thursday night was that it was happening at all. Having lost its corporate sponsor (Rhône-Poulenc, subsequently merged to Aventis) after the 2006 award, the prize had, nobly, been supported by the Royal Society alone for the past four years, but looked increasingly in danger of folding. Now it has been rescued by the British investment firm Winton Capital…

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