Publications by Philip Ball - General
Pandemic science and politics
Review of Covid-19 by Debora MacKenzie, The Lancet 396, 229-230 (2020). Available here.
The epic battle aganist coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories
With Amy Maxmen, Nature 581, 371-374 (2020). Available here.
Anti-vaccine movement could undermine efforts to end coronavirus pandemic
Nature 581, 251 (2020). Available here.
Has the chemistry Nobel prize really become the biology prize?
Chemistry World, January 2020. Available here.
Occult arts and sceptical sciences
A review of Physics and Psychics by Richard Noakes, Physics World December 2019. Available here.
Science must move with the times
Essay commissioned for the 150th anniversary of Nature: 575, 29-31 (2019). Available here.
Extreme chemistry: experiments at the edge of the periodic table
Nature 565, 522, 30 January 2019. Available here.
Two slits and one hell of a quantum conundrum
Review of Anil Ananthaswamy's Through Two Doors at Once, Nature 560, 165 (2018). Available here.
India: a turbulent tale of rivers, floods and monsoons
Review of Sunil Amrith's Unruly Waters, Nature 564, 186 (2018). Available here.
Noisy work in progress
On quantum noise and the source of randomness in quantum mechanics: from Physics World, September 2018. Available here.
In search of time crystals
Physics World, July 2018. Available here.
(I wanted the title to be "... of lost time crystals", but it wouldn't fit.)
Art and science: work in progress
Editorial (with Siân Ede) for a special issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews on art and science, 42, 309-312 (2017). Available here.
#postArtandSCIENCE: a symposium at the Wellcome Collection, London
A review in the special issue of Interdiscplinary Science Reviews on art and science, 42, 395-398 (2017). Available here.
Useless versus useful knowledge
Editorial (unsigned), Nature Materials 16, 963 (2017). Available here.