"One of our most versatile and gripping science writers." John Carey

"A jump that would prove Newton wrong", Nature 446, 357 (March 2007).

"Painting the whole picture?", Nature 445, 486 (February 2007).

"Collective behaviour and the physics of society", Institute for Cultural Research Monograph Series No. 52 (2007).

"A switch in time", Nature 445, 362 (January 2007).

"Culture crash", Nature 441, 686 (2006). PDF available here.

"Champing at the bits", Nature 440, 398 (2006) PDF here.

"The life of water", Exhibition catalogue "Water being water" (the photography of David Goldes), Wright State Universities Art Gallery, Dayton, Ohio, 2005. PDF available here.

"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).

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"Why physics is not a discipline", Nautilus 21 April. Available here.