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Review of "Love, Literature and the Quantum Atom", ed. F. Aaserud & J. L. Heilbron, in New Scientist 12 August 2013. See here.

"Hits, Misses and Close Calls: An Image Essay on Pattern Formation in On Growth and Form", Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 38.1, 74-88 (2013). See here.

Reviews of Time Reborn (Lee Smolin) and Farewell to Reality (Jim Baggott), Observer 9 June 2013.

"The Wizard of Houston Street" [review of Tesla by W. Bernard Carlson], Wall Street Journal, May 24 (2013). Available here.

"Celebrate the unknowns", Nature 496, 419–420 (2013). Available here.

"What does DNA do?", Chemistry World, May 2013.

"Mind as mirror" [review of Surfaces and Essences by Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander], Nature 496, 424-425 (2013).

"A demon-haunted theory", Physics World, April, 36-39 (2013).

"Reinventing Galileo" [review of the RSC’s ‘Life of Galileo’], Nature 494, 428–429 (2013). Available here.

"In retrospect: On Growth and Form" [retrospective on D’Arcy Thompson’s book], Nature 494, 32–33 (2013). Available here.

"Feeling the heat", Nature 492, 174–176 (2012). Available here and here.

"Symmetry wars" [review of I Died For Beauty by Marjorie Senechal], Nature 492, 37-38 (2012). Available here.

"Martin Fleischmann: Obituary", Nature 489, 34 (2012). Available here.

"Algorithmic rapture", Nature 488, 458 (2012). Available here.

"Impractical magic" [review of Glyn Parry’s biography of John Dee, The Arch-Conjuror of England], Nature 482, 160 (2012). Available here.

"Chemical history in bite-sized pieces" (review of William Brock’s The Case of the Poisonous Socks: Tales from Chemistry), Nature Chemistry 4, 3 (2012)

"Wind on the lakes", MRS Bulletin 36, 969-970 (2011).

"In Retrospect: On the Six-Cornered Snowflake", Nature 480, 455 (2011). Available here.

"Crisis response: The new history", Nature 480, 447-448 (2011). Available here.

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Philip was made Science Commentator of the Year in the 2015 Comment awards - details here.