University of Warwick professor sees his global science book up for award - The Coventry Observer

University of Warwick professor sees his global science book up for award

Ryan Smith 22nd Sep, 2022   0

UNIVERSITY of Warwick professor Dr James Poskett has been shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding.

Dr Poskett, who is the associate professor in the History of Science and Technology at the university, is one of six authors shortlisted for the award.

His book ‘Horizons: A Global History of Science’ was released earlier this year and is a radical retelling of the history of science, celebrating scientists from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific.

Judges described the book as, ‘A powerful recasting of the history of science across time and place, and its place in a globalising and increasingly nationalistic world, a narrative of rigour, clarity and much enticement.’

It is Dr Poskett’s first book that has been released for a general readership and draws extensively on research conducted at the University.

The six nominees will attend a special event next month, with the overall winner being announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 26.

Dr Poskett said: “This nomination really means a lot, especially as a historian of science.

“The public is rarely encouraged to see science as part of culture, much less global culture.

“That’s what motivated me to write Horizons.

“So, to be shortlisted for such a prestigious prize on this very theme is a true honour.”


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