Dr Philip Ball, science writer
Dr Philip Ball is an accomplished freelance science writer and previous editor at Nature. Philip is the author of many popular books on science, including works on the nature of water, pattern formation in the natural world, colour in art, the science of social and political philosophy, the cognition of music, and physics in Nazi Germany. He has written widely on the interactions between art and science, and has delivered lectures to scientific and general audiences at venues ranging from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) to the NASA Ames Research Center, London's National Theatre and the London School of Economics. His latest book is called How To Grow a Human which explores new technologies in biology and how the communication in this area does not lend itself to simple narratives – which poses a challenge to how to convey it accurately. This also means what gets presented as “pure science” may in fact incorporate hidden agendas and messages.