Science Weekly Podcast: The inscrutable brain, and the Royal Society science book prize

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 19:30 in Mathematics & Economics

On this week's show Alok Jha meets science writer Bryan Appleyard to discuss his new book The Brain is Wider than the Sky: Why Simple Solutions Don't Work in a Complex World. It's "part memoir and part reportage" on what he sees as our tendency to oversimplify the complexity of the human experience – particularly in the field of neuroscience – and misunderstand the limits of science.With science writing to the fore, we hear from writer Richard Holmes in his role as chair of the judges for this year's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, which is due to be announced on Thursday. Richard has a unique perspective on the relative merits of the six shortlisted books, having won the prize in 2009 for The Age of Wonder.Guardian Science is reviewing all six shortlisted books, and we're offering two complete sets as prizes in our competition. The deadline for...

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