Life on the Edge shorlisted for Physics World’s list of the year’s best physics books!

Posted 11th December 2015

The full list is:

Life on the Edge: the Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden

Physics on Your Feet: Ninety Minutes of Shame but a PhD for the Rest of Your Life by Dmitry Budker and Alexander Sushkov

Half-Life: the Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy by Frank Close

Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: a Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing and the Beginning of Everything by Amanda Gefter

Beyond: Our Future in Space by Chris Impey

The Water Book: the Extraordinary Story of Our Most Ordinary Substance by Alok Jha

Monsters: the Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology by Ed Regis

Tunnel Visions: the Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider by Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson, Adrienne Kolb

The Copernicus Complex: the Quest for our Cosmic (In)Significance by Caleb Scharf

Atoms Under the Floorboards: the Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home by Chris Woodford


The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 15 December. The initial announcement will be made a podcast on, and it will then appear later in a news story on the same site.

fingers’s crossed!


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