Articles by Philip Ball
The criteria for judging science's most coveted prize should be reexamined
Philip Ball / September 29, 2015
The discovery of flowing water on another planet is exciting, but we should curb our enthusiasm for fear of causing damage
Fears of a "reproducibility crisis" show we need to stop being naïve about science
The equation is just a collection of sciency-looking symbols
Philip Ball / August 20, 2015
Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins (Bantam, £20) I wonder how many people will feel moved to read the second volume of Richard Dawkins’s autobiography if they...
Cynics might raise an eyebrow at reports of a new "Earth-like" planet—but this story is worth watching
Unmanned flights are the best way to discover the beauty of our cosmic neighbourhood
by Marcia Bartusiak (Yale, £14.99) Most of us have not only seen a black hole but been inside one—courtesy of Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar. True, physicists don’t expect to find a...
We need a more open and clear-sighted debate about the ethics of this intervention in human genetics
Philip Ball / April 23, 2015
(Profile, £25) Natural selection is one of the most elegant, powerful and convincingly verified theories in science. But it has remarkably little predictive power. We can rationalise in...