Philip Ball is a British science writer, whose work appears in Nature, New Scientist and Prospect, among others. His latest book is Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler (2013).
Beauty ≠ truth
Scientists prize elegant theories, but a taste for simplicity is a treacherous guide. And it doesn’t even look good
Giant instruments are giving us a sea of data. Can science find its way without any big ideas at the helm?
Repairing things is about more than thrift. It is about creating something bold and original
The discovery of a microscopic world shook the foundations of theology and created modern demons
Is the scientific endeavour always a bold and noble quest for truth? Not when it is writing its own history