The UK Royal Society picked their top six science books of 2009. My Vision Revolution was not chosen.
But Amanda Gefter, editor at New Scientist, wrote a story on the Royal Society’s choices, and Vis Rev was one of the books she suggested may have been a better choice than some that made it in.
These two slots might have been better filled by others, such as Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True, a fabulous book that made the Society’s longlist. Reading in the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene didn’t make even that cut, though it was probably my favourite science read of 2009. The Vision Revolution by Mark Changizi, another fascinating book, was also overlooked, as were Wetware by Dennis Bray and Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham.
Mark Changizi is Professor of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books) and the upcoming book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella Books).