The scientific jury chaired by Piergiorgio Odifreddi has selected the five finalists for the 2012 Galileo Literary Prize for Popular Science .

The Premio Galileo per la divulgazione scientifica (the Galileo Prize for Scientific Writing), which is now in its sixth edition, mirrors the style and approach of the Premio Campiello for literature.

Piergiorgio Odifreddi – winner of the 2011 prize – coordinated, in his role as chairman, the work of the Scientific Jury, which, with a public and majority vote, selected the five finalists.

The five finalists selected by the Scientific Jury are:

  • Gian Francesco Giudice, Odissea nello zeptospazio, Un viaggio nella fisica dell'LHC, 2011, Springer.
  • Telmo Pievani, La vita inaspettata. Il fascino di un'evoluzione che non ci aveva previsto, 2011, Raffaello Cortina.
  • Carlo Alberto Redi, Il biologo furioso. Provocazioni d'autore tra scienza e politica, 2011, Sironi.
  • Niccolò Guicciardini, Newton, 2011, Carocci.
  • Alex Bellos, Il meraviglioso mondo dei numeri, 2011, Einaudi.

It is now up to the more than 2500 high school students from 110 schools across Italy to make their choice.

The students will then vote for the best work during a ceremony, to be held on 3 May at the Palazzo della Ragione and in the presence of leading institutional, political and business leaders, as well as student representatives from all of the participating schools, at which the winner will be announced.

In recognition of their efforts, the participating schools will receive a small scientific library and during their stay in Padua, the delegations will be the guests of the city council and take part in associated events organised for the occasion and visit the most important monuments of the city, accompanied by specially assigned guides.

The five finalists, during the moth preceding the award ceremony, will be in Padua to present their books, as well as taking part in debates with students.

Among the associated events is the "La scienza in 30 righe" (Science in 30 lines) competition, involving students from the city and the "Recensire la scienza" (reviewing science) competition, which is conducted on Facebook.

The wines of both competitions will receive their awards during the ceremony on 3 May.

The project has grown in popularity and prestige with each edition, thanks to he attention generated by the national press and the support of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione, Unione Province Italiane, Accademia Galileiana, Fondazione Campiello, Fondazione Antonveneta, Camera di Commercio, Regione Veneto and Università di Padova.

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