"One of our most versatile and gripping science writers." John Carey - The Sunday Times

A feature article in Chemistry World, March 2017. Available to subscribers here.

Review of Electricity, an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London. The Lancet 389, 999; 2017. Available here.

Review of The Life Project by Helen Pearson. The Lancet 387, 836; 2016. Available here.

Review of an exhibition on DIY science at the Science Museum, London. The Lancet 388, 554; 2016. Available here.

Review of a How To Be Good, a book on the ethics of moral enhancement. The Lancet 388, 120; 2016. Available here.

An interview with Kathy Niakan. The Lancet 387, 935; 2016. Available here.

From the homunculus to synthetic biology. An article in Distillations, Spring 2016. Available here.

In retrospect: on John Dalton's seminal book. Nature 537, 32; 1 September 2016. Available here.

Reviews of two new books on light. Nature 530, 278; 18 February 2016. Available here.

Review of an exhibition on John Dee, in Nature 529, 464; 28 January 2016. Available here.

"No result, no problem": on the pros and cons of publishing null results. Physics World, May 2016. Available here.

"How human sacrifice propped up the social order", Nature online news, 4 April 2016. Available here.

"Review of MEL chemistry sets", Chemistry World online, December 2015. Available here.

"Why synthesize?", Nature 528, 327-329 (2015). Available here.

"Throwing the book at bad ideas", Physics World December 2015. Available here.

"From academic discovery to industrial applications: innovation and success in materials science and engineering", MRS Bulletin 40(12), 1177-1187 (December 2015). Available here.

"Navigating chemical space", Chemistry World 29 September 2015. Available here.

"Lab's labour lost" (theatre review), Nature 525, 454 (2015). Available here.

"Knowledge and know-how" (book review), Nature 521, 420-421 (2015). Available here.

"The aided eye" (book review), Nature 520, 156 (2015). Available here.

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News from Philip


"All set for chemistry", Chemistry World June 2015, p46-49.
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P. Ball & J. E. Hallsworth, "Water structure and chaotropicity: their uses and abuses", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 8297-8305 (2015).
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