Articles by Philip Ball
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...
The demise of the human brain project shows why promising the earth to get funding isn't always the best option
We may have a breakthrough in fighting “one of the greatest threats to human health”
Book review: Scientific Babel: The Language of Science from the Fall of Latin to the Rise of English by Michael Gordin
Philip Ball / March 26, 2015
(Profile, £19.99) According to Galileo, the language of nature is mathematics. But the language in which he reported his revolutionary observations with the telescope was neither pure maths nor...