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

“Curse of cursive handwriting”, Prospect, March 2013. Available here.

“Small things”, Aeon 15 February 2013. Available here.

“Pull an image from nowhere”, New Scientist 5 February 2013. Available here.

“No hurricane tonight”, Prospect p. 58-59, February 2013.

“Don’t expect graphene to perform miracles”, Guardian 29 December 2012. Available here.

“Science fictions”, Aeon 29 October 2012. Available here.

“The elusive element 113”, Prospect, November 2012. Available here.

“Riddled with irregularity”, Prospect, p.58-60, September 2012. Available here.

“Creepy, disturbing – and that’s just the composer: new era of music by machine”, Guardian, p.3, Monday 2 July 2012. Available here.

"Sublime intervention", New Statesman p.22-25, 30 April 2012.

“Curiosier and curioser”, New Humanist, May 2012. Available here.

“Nature’s color tricks”, Scientific American, May 2012. Available here.

“Impossible reactions”, New Scientist, p30-34, 21 January 2012. Available here.

The Critical Scientist, Guardian column, December 2011-January 2012. Available here.

"10 unsolved mysteries in chemistry", Scientific American October 2011. Available here.

"What it means to be human" (book review of a book of that title by Joanna Bourke), The Observer 7 October 2011. Available here.

"New pursuit of Schrödinger's cat", Prospect October 2011. Available here.

"In pursuit of neuroscience" (interview with Yo-Yo Ma), FT Weekend Magazine 17-18 September 2011, pp44-46. Available here.

"Is music a language?", King's Place Magazine, September-December 2011, p.34-35.

"Troubled waters", Prospect August 2011. Available here.

Book covers

News from Philip


Philip was made Science Commentator of the Year in the 2015 Comment awards - details here.