Philip Ball is a freelance science writer.
He worked previously at Nature for over 20 years, first as an editor for physical sciences and then as a Consultant Editor. His writings on science for the popular press have covered topical issues ranging from cosmology to the future of molecular biology.
Philip is the author of many popular books on science and has delivered lectures to scientific and general audiences at venues ranging from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) to the NASA Ames Research Center, London's National Theatre and the London School of Economics.
Philip writes regularly for Nature. He has contributed to publications ranging from New Scientist to the New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times and New Statesman. He is a contributing editor of Prospect magazine and also a columnist for Nature Materials and the Italian science magazine Sapere. He has broadcast on many occasions on radio and TV, and is a presenter of 'Science Stories' on BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, sits on the editorial board of Chemistry World and Interdiscipinary Science Reviews, and is a board member of the RESOLV network on solvation science at the Ruhr University of Bochum.
The story of Crispr illustrates how a focus on patents and publications can cause good people to act in unsavoury ways
Philip Ball investigates how cells use condensed ‘blobs’ to collect the molecules involved in regulating genes
Universal sequence of elements index uses atomic radii and electronegativity to make predictions about simple compounds
Computational approach seeks to clarify bonding confusion
Tomáš Hudlický’s opinions are abhorrent but disturbingly familiar
At the point of simulating bulk matter
Frances Arnold’s masterful retraction highlights the problems with publication-driven science
Researchers digging into the data call for honesty and transparency on how the prize has changed over the years