Philip Ball
Freelance writer, London

Philip Ball is a British science writer, whose work appears in Nature, New Scientist and Prospect, among others. His latest book is Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen (2014).

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The story trap

We use neat stories to explain everything from sports matches to symphonies. Is it time to leave the nursery of the mind?

Essay/History of Science

Science fictions

Is the scientific endeavour always a bold and noble quest for truth? Not when it is writing its own history

Philip Ball

Essay/Biology

Small things

The discovery of a microscopic world shook the foundations of theology and created modern demons

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Essay/Art

Making good

Repairing things is about more than thrift. It is about creating something bold and original

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Essay/Engineering

Machine envy

Giant instruments are giving us a sea of data. Can science find its way without any big ideas at the helm?

Philip Ball

Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics

Beauty ≠ truth

Scientists prize elegant theories, but a taste for simplicity is a treacherous guide. And it doesn’t even look good

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Essay/Philosophy of Science

Too many worlds

Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes?

Philip Ball

Idea/Stories & Literature

Why our imagination for alien life is so impoverished

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Essay/Cosmology

Life rocks

Could meteorites be akin to lifeboats from other planets? Or do they reveal more about life on Earth than off it?

Philip Ball