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The Samuel Johnson Prize

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The contenders for the Samuel Johnson prize in non-fiction are announced.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/1...prize-shortlist

A strong scientific flavour dominates this year's candidates for the UK's most prestigious non-fiction award, with Holmes's historical take joined by Guardian journalist Ben Goldacre's dismantling of pseudo-science, Steve Jones's look at Charles Darwin's lesser-known writings, and Manjit Kumar's history of quantum theory and the conflict between Einstein and Bohr over the nature of reality. Patricia Fara also makes the running with a 4,000-year history of science, while scientist Elizabeth Pisani is in contention for The Wisdom of Whores, an insider's view of the 10 years she spent working in the Aids industry.

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