Life and (Smashing) Physics

My book, Smashing Physics, is available here and at all good bookshops. Here’s the review by Graham Farmelo for Guardian Books. For other reviews, see below.

proofsIf you want your copy signed, or to hear me talk about it, here are some opportunities:

26 September Glasgow Skeptics Special

27 September 3pm Gravity Fields Festival, Grantham

2 October 6pm Institute of Physics

15 October 6pm UCL

17 October UCL Science Centre

28 October Cheltenham Skeptics in the Pub

1 November 2pm Blackwells Manchester Science Festival

The launch event at the Royal Institution, introduced and chaired by Brian Cox.

Guardian Science podcast; Inspireland Podcast; May update of the Cosmic Genome plus free video trailer.

Past events

“An excellent, accessible guide to one of science’s greatest discoveries…  vivid insights into the doing of science, including the customs of various scientific tribes at CERN…” – reviewed by Roger Highfield in the Sunday Times.

the mix of technical description, anecdote and humour works brilliantly and feels completely fresh in my experience of science writing – it really unlocks the holy grail of combining entertainment and understanding. Mike Paterson of PFILM.

More reviews, comments, background information and discussion

Life and Physics Blog

As of 31/8/2010 this blog mainly moved to a new home at The Guardian. These pages will stay here too though and I occasionally add things which don’t really belong on the Guardian for whatever reason.

Versions of two of the posts in this blog have appeared in the New Scientist‘s S-Word, one of which received a response from the Science Minister.


I’m a physics professor at UCL, where I am Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I do my research in the High Energy Physics group on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Contact details, links and more research & professional information on my homepage at UCL. Also, I am on twitter, and here are some thoughts on why.


The content of these pages is my own, and unless explicitly stated otherwise it doesn’t represent the official views of UCL, ATLAS, Science Board, STFC, the Royal Society, the Butterworth family, English people with brown hair or any other group I am employed by or associated with. In fact, damn it, sometimes they aren’t even my own official views.


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