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.
Hotly debated historical brouhaha that centred on the element’s covalency may have been solved
The pioneering Victorian chemist didn’t reveal all in his patent on the first synthetic purple dye
Muonium spectroscopy can reveal photochemical reactivity and dynamics of specific carbons within an organic molecule
Spontaneous shapes and reactions to light may explain how protocells form
Three high pressure groups pile on criticism as original ‘metallic hydrogen’ sample lost during catastrophic equipment failure
Hopes that simple theoretical framework can be extended to tackle polyatomic molecules
A plan to build our genome from scratch should be challenged on its scientific merit, not whether it is creating life, argues Philip Ball