Articles by Philip Ball
Philip Ball / November 21, 2017
In an Amish community in Indiana, those with one copy of the mutant SERPINE1 gene live up to seven years longer. How valuable is this finding?
The paper, on the “big bang” theory of the universe, offers a glimpse into the scope and ambition of Hawking’s mind from his formative years
Philip Ball / October 9, 2017
What can evolution tell us, if anything, about human achievements in the arts? Not as much as EO Wilson thinks
Philip Ball / October 6, 2017
Neutrinos raise questions faster than they answer them, but in science that’s a good thing
Philip Ball / October 3, 2017
We may soon be using GWs as routinely as radio waves and X-rays are used today
Philip Ball / August 30, 2017
The intensity of Hurricane Harvey has almost certainly been worsened by human-made climate change
It is rewarding, exciting, scary and frustrating. It also forces us to confront the question, “what is education?”
Scientists are making advances in gene editing, as a new experiment proves. But some of the reporting has been dire—let’s all calm down
The ability to analyse people’s genetic constitutions will transform cancer care over the coming years. But to make the most of the technology, highly sensitive data will need to be shared. That...
Did Darwin miss something? The 100-year-old book that rivalled “The Origin of Species”—and still shapes science today
Philip Ball / June 29, 2017
In “On Growth and Form,” D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson argued that organisms are shaped less by adaptive evolutionary function and more by deep mathematical laws. To understand his argument, you...