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.

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17 May 2010
In his first Reith lecture, Martin Rees discussed the "scientific citizen". How we proceed in areas such as...
01 May 2010
It's great being a physicist: we are equipped to explain everything. For any problem - traffic jams, economic meltdown...
19 April 2010
I recently recovered from a nasty virus shortly after eating a piece of my wife's banana cake. Want to get in touch...
26 March 2010
When did you last meet someone with polio? It's possible that you never have. Although there are an estimated 120,000...
The Staggers
12 March 2010
Over-achiever of the year so far is surely the US energy secretary, Steven Chu. Not content with working 80-hour weeks...
18 February 2010
Uranium exists in several forms, or isotopes, only one of which can sustain the energy-releasing chain reaction that...
26 November 2009
For now, it is a hideous sight. In Cadarache, 60 kilometres north of Marseilles, workers have cleared over 40 hectares...