"One of our most versatile and gripping science writers." John Carey
Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People. A book by Philip Ball

"A beautifully written, deeply intelligent book that will force every reader to rethink at least some of their preconceptions."Jim Endersby, Daily Telegraph

"A fascinating and impressive cultural history."Manjit Kumar, The Guardian

"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

"Stranger than sci-fi, Unnatural deals with the extravagant fictionality of science itself... On this evidence, the two cultures of science and art are not antagonists, divergent in their aims and mutuallt unintelligible: they happily cohabit instead inside Ball's compendious, eclectic head."Peter Conrad, The Observer

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