"A new book from Philip Ball is always an eagerly anticipated event." John Gribbin - Literary Review

Review of "David and Goliath" (Malcolm Gladwell), Nature 502, 34 (2013). Available here. (£)

"The perils of the name game", Research Fortnight 2 October 2013. Available here.

"Quantum quest", Nature 501, 154 (2013). Available here.

"Fueling physics envy?", Physics World, August 2013. See here.

"The Invention of Colour", Interfaces 33 (2012). Available here.

Review of "Love, Literature and the Quantum Atom", ed. F. Aaserud & J. L. Heilbron, in New Scientist 12 August 2013. See here.

"Hits, Misses and Close Calls: An Image Essay on Pattern Formation in On Growth and Form", Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 38.1, 74-88 (2013). See here.

Reviews of Time Reborn (Lee Smolin) and Farewell to Reality (Jim Baggott), Observer 9 June 2013.

"The Wizard of Houston Street" [review of Tesla by W. Bernard Carlson], Wall Street Journal, May 24 (2013). Available here.

"Celebrate the unknowns", Nature 496, 419–420 (2013). Available here.

"What does DNA do?", Chemistry World, May 2013.

"Mind as mirror" [review of Surfaces and Essences by Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander], Nature 496, 424-425 (2013).

"A demon-haunted theory", Physics World, April, 36-39 (2013).

"Reinventing Galileo" [review of the RSC’s ‘Life of Galileo’], Nature 494, 428–429 (2013). Available here.

"In retrospect: On Growth and Form" [retrospective on D’Arcy Thompson’s book], Nature 494, 32–33 (2013). Available here.

"Feeling the heat", Nature 492, 174–176 (2012). Available here and here.

"Symmetry wars" [review of I Died For Beauty by Marjorie Senechal], Nature 492, 37-38 (2012). Available here.

"Martin Fleischmann: Obituary", Nature 489, 34 (2012). Available here.

"Algorithmic rapture", Nature 488, 458 (2012). Available here.

"Impractical magic" [review of Glyn Parry’s biography of John Dee, The Arch-Conjuror of England], Nature 482, 160 (2012). Available here.

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The Unseen - A History of the Invisible

A series of five programmes looking at amazing events and characters from science history, on BBC Radio 4.

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