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The sad and shameful decline of the science book prize

By Philip Ball  

Dying breed? Nick Lane's excellent "Life Ascending" will be the final ever recipient of the Royal Society Science Book Prize

No science writer is going to be happy with the prospect that this year’s Royal Society Science Book Prize will be the last. But there’s valid cause for concern beyond sheer self-interest.

The prize has endured several name changes during the 23 years of its existence, but its transformation from the Rhône-Poulenc Prize to the Aventis Prize in 2000 was the result of a merger of the…

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