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Simon Singh

Dr Simon Singh is a freelance writer, science journalist, broadcaster. He studied physics at Imperial College and completed his PhD in particle physics at the University of Cambridge, moving from there to CERN in Geneva. (CERN, or the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, is a vast international research establishment working on high energy particles, nominally in Geneva but in fact straggling over (or, rather, under) the border between Switzerland and France. Best-known now for the spin-off success of its electronic communication vehicle the World Wide Web and its role in Dan Brown’s thriller Angels and Demons, CERN is a place where the basic components of the universe are battered together with immense energy in an attempt to analyze their makeup and understand their characteristics.)

In 1990 he began to work for the BBC's science department as a producer and director, working on Tomorrow's World and Horizon: in 1996 he won a BAFTA for directing a BBC Horizon documentary about Fermat’s Last Theorem. 

In 1997, he wrote Fermat’s Last Theorem - the first book about mathematics to become a No.1 bestseller in the UK; it has since been translated into 25 different languages. He is also the author of The Code Book, a history of cryptography and is currently working on his third popular science title.

He is a former columnist for The Independent on Sunday, has reviewed books for papers such as The New York Times and Observer, and has written feature articles for papers including The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. The Code Book resulted in a return to television. Singh presented The Science of Secrecy, a 5-part series for Channel 4. The stories in the series ranged from the cipher that sealed the fate of Mary Queen of Scots to the coded Zimmermann Telegram that changed the course of the First World War. Other programmes discussed how two great nineteenth century geniuses raced to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs and how modern encryption can guarantee privacy on the Internet.

You can find out more about Singh's writing at his website.

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