Science Book of the Year

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The Science Book of the Year award is given in Austria by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research and the Buchkultur Verlagsgesellschaft to authors whose books are able to present scientific topics to a broad audience in an understandable way. It was first awarded in 2008.

The prize is awarded annually in four categories:

  • Science / technology
  • Medicine / biology
  • Humanities / social / cultural studies
  • Junior knowledge books

A jury of experts nominates a pre-selection of books. The final selection is made by the audience.

Winning books

year Science / technology Medicine / biology Humanities / social / cultural studies Junior knowledge books
2008 Rudolf Taschner : number time coincidence Angelika Voss: Women are sick differently than men Christina von Braun , Bettina Mathes: Veiled Reality Nikolaus Vorteilel : Language or what makes people into people
2009 Heinz Oberhummer : Can it all be a coincidence? Jürgen Neffe : Darwin Sibylle Hamann , Eva Linsinger : White Book Women, Black Book Men. Why we need a new gender contract Wolfgang Korn : My red fleece vest. A little story about great globalization
2010 Thomas de Padova : The world secret. Kepler, Galileo and the measurement of the sky Josef H. Reichholf : Raven-black intelligence. What we can learn from crows Hans Bürger , Kurt W. Rothschild : How the economy moves the world Timo Brunke , Sasann Hesselbarth : Why is that called that? An origin dictionary
2011 Christian Mähr : From alcohol to sugar Stefan Klein : The sense of giving. Why selflessness wins in evolution and why we get stuck with egoism Guy Deutscher : In the mirror of language. Why the world looks different in other languages Nikolaus Vorteilel : 7 ways to get rich - 7 ways to get poor. The somewhat different book on economics
2012 Holger Wormer , Michael Dietz : Finally a confidante! Renée Schroeder , Ursel Nendzig : The hen and the egg: In search of the origin of life Bill Bryson : A Brief History of Everyday Things Adrian Dingle : How to make a whole universe out of 92 elements
2013 Marius Dannenberg , Admir Duracak , Matthias Hafner , Steffen Kitzing : Energies of the future Kurt Kotrschal : Wolf - Dog - Human Verena Moritz , Hannes Leidinger : Colonel Redl Claudio Abbado : My world of music
2014 Florian Freistetter : The comet in a cocktail glass. How astronomy determines our everyday life Thomas Boehm : The manipulated evolution. How our society is changing the genetic code Sabine Ladstätter : bones, stones, shards. Adventure archeology Antje Helms , Jan von Holleben : Does everyone actually get that? The best answers for growing up
2015 Verena Winiwarter , Hans-Rudolf Bork : History of our environment. Sixty journeys through time Niels Birbaumer , Jörg Zittlau : Your brain knows more than you think. The latest findings from brain research Jerry Brotton : The History of the World in 12 Maps Karolin Küntzel : Where did that come from? From raw materials to t-shirts, apple juice and more: production processes clearly explained
2016 Karl Sigmund : You called yourself the Vienna Circle Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola : The intelligence of plants Wolfgang Fürweger : Burned Childhood: 1677-1679. The forgotten children of the witch trials around the magician Jackl

Jon Mathieu : The Alps. Space - culture - history

Nina Horaczek and Sebastian Wiese: Against prejudice
2017 Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman : Climate shock. The extreme economic consequences of climate change Renée Schroeder : The Invention of Man. How we outsmart evolution Ruth Wodak : Politics with fear. On the effect of right-wing populist discourses Piotr Socha : Bees
2018 Florian Aigner : Chance, the universe and you. The science of happiness Martin Grunwald : Homo hapticus. Why we cannot live without a sense of touch Frank Trentmann : The rule of things. The history of consumption from the 15th century to today Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo : Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. 100 extraordinary women
2019 David Rennert , Tanja Traxler : Lise Meitner. Pioneer of the atomic age Eric Kandel : What is a person? Brain disorders and what they reveal about human nature , translated by Sebastian Vogel Roman Sandgruber : Rothschild. Glory and decline of the Viennese world house Melanie Laibl , Lili Richter (illustrations): What a bummer. Of garbage, waste and co
2020 Martin Grassberger : The quiet dying Johannes Frasnelli : We smell better than we think Julia Ebner : Radicalization Machines Kristina Scharmacher-Schreiber , Stephanie Marian : How much warmer is 1 degree?
year Science / technology Medicine / biology Humanities / social / cultural studies Junior knowledge books

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Individual evidence

  1. These titles are available for choice ,, published and accessed on October 31, 2018
  2. Minister Faßmann congratulates the winners of the science book of the year 2019 election . OTS announcement of January 16, 2019, accessed on January 16, 2019.