Every year we celebrate the best in popular science books with our Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016. Yesterday we announced this year’s prize which was awarded to Andrea Wulf for her book ‘Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt- The Lost Hero of Science

In a special episode of R Science we go behind the scenes at the award ceremony to speak to Bill Bryson, who helped judge the competition this year, and to winner Andrea to ask her what inspired her to write about Alexander von Humboldt, 19th century explorer, visionary polymath, and foreign member of the Royal Society.

You can find out more about the prize and about all the great books shortlisted this year on our website and watch out for our videos with all the shortlisted authors on Facebook and Twitter @RoyalSociety.

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