Awards: Royal Society Science Book Winner

Andrea Wulf has won the £25,000 (about $32,590) Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize for her biography of Alexander von Humboldt, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, published in the U.S. by Knopf.

Chair of judges and former winner of the prize Bill Bryson commented: "The decisive factor for the winning book was that it excited and gripped us as judges the most. The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf is a thrilling adventure story as much as a science book about a polymath who had an extraordinary impact on our contemporary understanding of nature. It is a book you will find yourself talking endlessly about with friends in the pub."

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