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"One of our most versatile and gripping science writers." John Carey - The Sunday Times

Food physics and the importance of crunch: an article in Physics World, November 2016. pdf

A look at the twelfth-century Renaissance through the windows of Chartres Cathedral: from Nature 452, 816 (2008) pdf

A profile of the forthcoming European X-ray Free Electron Laser, published in Physics World, September 2016. pdf

This is the fourth chapter of my book Unnatural (2011), which I'm making available for the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein. pdf

An article about an extraordinary meeting to celebrate an equally extraordinary landscape sculpture, in June 2015.

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"Forgotten prophet of the Internet" (book review), Nature 509, 425 (2014). Available here.

An exploration of what historians and archaeologists say about the hypothesis that Vikings used "sunstones" with special optical properties to navigate.
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The text of a talk given at the Royal Institution, London, January 2015.
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Extended version of "Celebrate the Unknowns", published in Nature 496 419-420 (2013).
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An augmented version of an essay on light art and technology for the catalogue of the exhibition "Light Show" at the Hayward Gallery, London, Jan-Apr 2013
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Extended version, with images, of an article on 'caustic art' published in New Scientist 30 January 2013.
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An article on wonder in science, published in New Statesman 7 May 2012.
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An extended version of an article on animal photonics and physical coloration published in Scientific American, May 2012. Download PDF.

An article published in New Humanist, January-February 2011.
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An article published in Prospect, October 2011.
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Extended version of an article published in New Scientist, January 2012
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An article on quantum coherence in photosynthesis and related quantum phenomena in biology, published in Nature 474, 272 (June 2011).

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An article on outstanding questions in our understanding of chemical bonding, published in Nature 469, 26 (January 2011).
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"Bright Lights, Bug City" an extended version (with illustrations) of the feature article of the same title in New Scientist, 22 Feb 2010.
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"BBC World Service – Science in Action" 21 December 2007: Philip was one of the panellists reviewing the past year in science.
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"BBC Radio 4 – Frontiers" 28 November 2007: Philip presented a programme on digital medicine.
Listen again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science

"BBC Radio 4 - The Material World" 28 June 2007: Philip was one of the panellists discussing the genre of "science plays".
Listen again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science

"Is it any good? Measuring scientific merit" a talk given at the meeting of the German Physical Society, Regensburg, March 2007
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"A dangerous experiment" an analysis of the state of science at UK universities, published in the Prospect supplement Quarter
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Starting from scratch: feature on synthetic biology, Nature, October 2004.
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How on earth did we get here?: introduction to the science section of A Very Short Introduction to Everything (OUP, 2003).
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Portrait of a molecule: an article published in a supplement for the 50th anniversary of DNA, Nature 421, 421-422 (2003).
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Uncertainty: an article published in Frontiers 03 (Atlantic Books, 2003).
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Chemistry in soft focus: an article published in Chemistry in Britain 38(9), 32 (2002).
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