Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. He writes a weekly science column for the New Statesman, and his most recent book is At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise.
Whenever we have ventured into new experimental territory, we’ve discovered that our previous “knowledge” was woefully incomplete. So what to make of Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli?
Rethink: the Surprising History of New Ideas by Steven Poole reviewed.
Spoiler: the best way to avoid Alzheimer's is to stay young.
The saving grace for Europe and North America will be their relative affluence and greater levels of education.
How neurostimulation fooled us all – and why the field needs to take a hard look at its methods in future.
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space shows how rivalries developed during the fraught search for gravitational revenge.
Interacting with health-care professionals has been a long-standing problem for obese people. It's time to tackle the question of weight without prejudice.
When medical students enter university, their mental health is no different from that of the rest of the population. By the end of their first year, however, it is significantly worse.
For all our progress, the mechanisms of life remain stubbornly elusive.
Google's artificial intelligence machine AlphaGo has had shockingly good results - but how AI should be used remains a difficult question.
From Trump to Brexit, the world is changing fast - and we need intelligent, incisive journalism more than ever.
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