Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. He writes a weekly science column for the New Statesman, and his most recent book is The Secret Anarchy of Science.

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25 November 2010
In late October 2009, Stephen Fry quit Twitter after someone called him boring. In late October this year he did it...
04 November 2010
Every November, the Royal Society and the French Académie des sciences give out a prize to a scientist who has...
21 October 2010
Scientists of Britain, it's time to stop whining. When the government did the figures, it realised something profound....
18 October 2010
The message pages of the Nobel Prize website made for moving reading after the announcement that Robert Edwards, the...
UK Politics
09 September 2010
Pairing people off can have some nasty and unexpected side effects. Occasionally, it works: Torvill and Dean spring to...
26 August 2010
The astronomer Arthur Eddington once pointed out that where most people see a coffee table, physicists see an area of...
16 August 2010
China and science
16 August 2010
20 new ideas
05 August 2010
A couple of days before the government announced that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be...
29 July 2010
You really do get by with a little help from your friends. Recent US research indicates that if you have lots of...
22 July 2010
Does anyone want to buy a weather forecaster? With Liam Fox overseeing the Ministry of Defence and promising to make...
12 July 2010
We have just experienced science's version of an astrological conjunction. The ten-year anniversary of the release of...
International Politics
25 June 2010
If you're looking for a source of levity in austere times, space missions are a good bet. There was the time Nasa lost...
14 June 2010
We don't have enough respect for bacteria. First, they prepared the planet for the arrival of we oxygen-breathers, and...
28 May 2010
No one knows how to stem the tide of oil sweeping towards the southern United States, so there's not much to write...