Publications by Philip Ball - General
Useless versus useful knowledge
Editorial (unsigned), Nature Materials 16, 963 (2017). Available here.
Naming the victims of Nazi science
Review of an exhibition at the Wiener Library, London, The Lancet 389, 2182 (2017). Available here.
How quantum trickery can scramble cause and effect
A feature article on quantum causality, Nature 546, 590 (2017). Available here.
Under Mona Lisa's smile
Review of Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting by Martin Kemp & Giuseppe Pallanti, Nature 546, 32 (2017). Available here.
Decoding deep similarities
Review of Scale by Geoffrey West, Nature 545, 154 (2017). Available here.
A biography of Yves Meyer
Written for the official announcement of the 2017 Abel Prize in mathematics. Available here.
World of webs
A review of an exhibition by Tomás Saraceno in Buenos Aires, Nature 543, 314 (2017). Available here.
Shedding light on the dark proteome
A feature article in Chemistry World, March 2017. Available to subscribers here.
Review of Electricity, an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London. The Lancet 389, 999; 2017. Available here.
Celebrating cohort studies
Review of The Life Project by Helen Pearson. The Lancet 387, 836; 2016. Available here.
Review of an exhibition on DIY science at the Science Museum, London. The Lancet 388, 554; 2016. Available here.
Can we be better?
Review of a How To Be Good, a book on the ethics of moral enhancement. The Lancet 388, 120; 2016. Available here.
At the forefront of gene editing in embryos
An interview with Kathy Niakan. The Lancet 387, 935; 2016. Available here.
Man made: a history of synthetic life
From the homunculus to synthetic biology. An article in Distillations, Spring 2016. Available here.
A new system of chemical philosophy
In retrospect: on John Dalton's seminal book. Nature 537, 32; 1 September 2016. Available here.
Reviews of two new books on light. Nature 530, 278; 18 February 2016. Available here.
Archive of wonders
Review of an exhibition on John Dee, in Nature 529, 464; 28 January 2016. Available here.
No result, no problem
"No result, no problem": on the pros and cons of publishing null results. Physics World, May 2016. Available here.