"Labelling Ball a science writer sells his writing short, for its value lies above all in a range that dissolves the awkward silences between science and the larger culture of which it is part." Marek Kohn - The Independent

"A dangerous experiment", Quarter autumn 2006, p. 12. Supplement to the September issue of Prospect.

"Chemistry and power in recent American fiction" published in Hyle 12(1), 45 (2006). Available at

"What chemists want to know", Nature 442, 500 (2006).

"Alchemical culture and poetry in early modern England", Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 31 p. 77 (2006).

"Chancing upon chemical wonders" an article about serendipity in chemistry, published in Chemistry World June 2006, p. 32. Available at

"Does hot water freeze first?", a review of the mysterious Mpemba effect, published in Physics World April 2006, p. 19. Available at

"Putting the nano into nanochemistry", a 20-year review of fullerenes in Chemistry World December 2005, p. 28. Available at

"Lavoisier's legacy", Chemical & Engineering News 19 September 2005, p. 42.

"Claiming Einstein for chemistry" an article asking 'was Einstein a chemist?', published in Chemistry World September 2005, p. 38. Available at

The beauty of chemistry, a preview of my book Elegant Solutions, published in Chemistry World April 2005, p. 33. Available at

"Where is there wisdom to be found in ancient materials technologies?", MRS Bulletin March 2005, p. 149.

"Dr Nanotech vs. Cancer", Technology Review February 2005. Available at

"The great portrait mystery", Nature 433, 197 (2005).

"By chance, or by design?", Nature 431, 396 (2004).

"Back to the future", Nature 427, 482 (2004).

"In the know", Nature 428, 462 (2004).

"Beam me up", Chemistry World October 2004, p.32.

"Starting from scratch", Nature 431, 624 (2004).

"Water, water, everywhere?", Nature 427, 19 (2004).

[With Mario Ruben] "Color Theory in Science and Art: Ostwald and the Bauhaus", Angewandte Chemie International Edition43, 4842 (2004).

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