Publications by Philip Ball - Other
Physics and imagination
An essay in Entangle: Physics and the Artistic Imagination ed. Ariane Koek. (Hatje Cantz Verlay, 2019). Available here.
Seas and seeing
Catalogue essay for the exhibition When Red Disappears by artist Elspeth Diederix (Fw:Books, 2019). See here. (The book is gorgeous!)
An essay for the exhibition The City is the City by the Dream Adoption Society, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, Warsaw, 2019. Available here.
Color and culture
Essay for the book The Genealogy of Color by artist Emilia Azcarate (Turner Editions, 2019).
Entries in Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire: The Biggest Ideas in Science from Quanta
Contains my essays on the thermodynamics of life and on quantum reconstructions. MIT Press, November 2018.
A chapter in What's Next?, edited by Jim Al-Khalili. Profile Books, 2017. Available here.
Entries in 30-Second Einstein
Entries in 30-Second Einstein (ed. B. Clegg). Ivy Press, New York, 2016.
Entries in 30-Second Physics
Entries in 30-Second Physics (ed. B. Clegg). Ivy Press, New York, 2016.
20140409 why marathons are like road jams
Nineteenth Century Colour: Chemistry and the New Rainbow
"Nineteenth Century Colour: Chemistry and the New Rainbow", in Colour in the Making. Black Dog, 2013.
AMAZON.it - Colore. Una biografia. Tra arte storia e chimica, la bellezza e i misteri del mondo del colore - di Philip Ball
Entries in 30-Second Quantum Theory
Entries in 30-Second Quantum Theory (ed. B. Clegg). Ivy Press, New York, 2014.
From Symbol to Substance: The Technologies of Light
"From Symbol to Substance: The Technologies of Light", in Light Show (exhibition catalogue). Hayward Publishing, London, 2013.
Entries in 30-Second Elements
Entries in 30-Second Elements (ed. E. Scerri). Metro Books, New York, 2013.
Making Stuff: From Bacon to Bakelite
"Making Stuff: From Bacon to Bakelite", chapter in Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society, ed. Bill Bryson (HarperPress, 2010). Amazon Bestseller (Sales Rank 56 - at time of writing)
Water in Science and Scientific Discovery
"Water in Science and Scientific Discovery", chapter in A History of Water, Series II, Vol. 1: Ideas of Water from Antiquity to Modern Times, eds Terje Tvedt & Terje Oestigaard. I.B. Tauris, London, 2010.
Synthetic Biology (2005)
I was an author and editor of the European Commission Expert Group report on Synthetic Biology (2005), available from the EC at Office SDME 01/37, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.
My article on "Climate change" from the February 2000 issue of Prospect is reprinted in the 2005 compilation Thinking Allowed: The Best of Prospect 1995-2005 (Atlantic, 2005).
"Molecular Biomimetics", chapter in Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry (Marcel Dekker, 2004).
Entries in Within The Stone
Entries in Within The Stone, a selection of essays and texts to accompany images of minerals by photographer Bill Atkinson (BrownTrout, 2004).
"Life's matrix", chapter in Water (a compilation) (Hoffmann & Campe, 2003).