Articles by Philip Ball
Philip Ball / February 19, 2015
To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg (Allen Lane, £20) This is a significant book, for all the wrong reasons. It is the kind of history of science that...
The subject's detractors accuse it of being all sound and fury, signifying nothing. How wrong they are
A century after Einstein produced his great theory, it might let us see gravity's waves
Understanding the brain won’t be done simply by mapping it down to the last synapse
Philip Ball / December 11, 2014
The Future of the Brain edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman (Princeton University Press, £16.95) Read more of our books in brief If you want a breezy, whistle-stop tour of the latest...
It's delusional to believe that everything can be explained by genetics
We may not be able to keep records of our night time imaginings, but we might be able to influence their content
Philip Ball / October 16, 2014
What do you make of quantum theory? One response is that it is weird or hopelessly mind-boggling. But many of the tropes of quantum physics have permeated cultural discourse, among them quantum...
This year's Nobel Prize for Physics has gone to three Japanese scientists who gave us blue light-emitting diodes, used daily in traffic lights