Awarded Royal Society Science Book of the Year – Cordelia Fine
Cordelia Fine has won The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize for £25,000 for her book, “Testosterone Rex”, challenging the traditional theory of the fundamental difference between men and women.
Cordelia Fine, a British psychologist and professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne won The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, beating five other contenders.
The winning book, “Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds”, uses the most recent scientific evidence to challenge accepted views on masculinity and femininity. The judges had several favourable things to say about it.
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Professor Richard Fortey, a palaeontologist, described Fine’s book as “cracking critique of the ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ hypothesis” which dismantles “much of the science on which ‘fundamental’ gender differences are predicated”.
“It takes scientific research out of the lab and into our everyday lives in a way that’s forensic, yet compassionate. Fine’s entertaining, well-informed voice has made a cogent and important case for overhauling the idea that one molecule rules gender divisions,” said Caludia Hammond.
Hammond added, “She’s given gender-bias a face, and it’s all of us, without us even realising.”
Professor Brian Cox, also the Royal Society’s professor for public engagement in science, hosted the award ceremony. He said: “This year’s prize goes to an exploration of gender and the scientific process more generally, and is considered by some to be provocative, although the very idea that a book about science as we currently understand it can be considered provocative tells me that there is something amiss in public discourse.”