"Labelling Ball a science writer sells his writing short, for its value lies above all in a range that dissolves the awkward silences between science and the larger culture of which it is part." Marek Kohn - The Independent

Extended version, with references, of an article on supercapacitors in MRS Bulletin 37, 798 (2012).

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Introduction to the new edition of The New Science of Strong Materials by J. E. Gordon (Princeton University Press, 2005).
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Smart stuff: the text for the booklet accompanying the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2002.

Smart materials: a talk delivered at the University of Oxford, 2002.
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Materials of the future: an article for the UNESCO Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (2001).
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