I came to science via making mini traffic lights, measuring the speed of falling sycamore seeds and brewing fine ‘perfumes’ from whatever could be dug up from the garden. These unorthodox projects eventually led to a course studying biochemistry at Bristol to indulge my interest in science. Here I found that I had more of a flair for writing about science than actually doing it, after some spectacularly unsuccessful afternoon practicals!
After stints working on science journals, writing for society newsletters and editing and writing jobs with the magazine Chemistry & Industry I joined Chemistry World. Writing for the magazine has given me a wonderful opportunity to meet childhood heroes and some of the best scientists in the world. Telling the world about their work is not only great fun, but also matters. A scientifically literate public and body politic is vital if we expect evidence to play a greater role in policy-making.
Benjamin List and David MacMillan win the chemistry prize for a new way to assemble molecules
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Analytical chemistry’s forensic feats are astounding but so commonplace now that we’ve become blasé to them
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Is an organ grown from stem cells human? And what rights – if any – should a it have? These are questions Philip Ball – who many might know as Chemistry World columnist – explores in his new book.