Philip Ball

Scientific essayist winner of the Physics World Book of the Year 2018 award. He has been editor of the journal Nature and is a regular contributor to The New Scientist.

Philip Ball (England, 1962) holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, a PhD in Physics from the University of Bristol and is a member of the Department of Chemistry at University College London. In the popular science area, he has published numerous articles and books such as a Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour (2004), H2O: A Biography of Water (2008) and Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another (2004, Aventis Prize for Science Book of the Year 2005). His work: Serving the Reich. The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler (2014) and his most recent book Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different. (2018, Physics World Book of the Year 2018) are fundamental for understanding the history and the future of quantum mechanics.

As for his relationship with the media, for over twenty years he has been editor of the prestigious scientific journal Nature. Today he contributes as a freelance writer to The New Scientist and as a broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, where he presents Science Stories, a programme about the history of science.