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Dr Amir D. Aczel is the author of a number of books including How to Beat the IRS at its own Game, The Mystery of the Aleph, Fermat's Last Theorem (not to be confused with Simon Singh's book of the same name), God's Equation, Probability 1: Why there must be Intelligent Life in the Universe and Entanglement.
Nick Arnold is one of the world's leading popularizers of science for a younger audience. His hugely successful Horrible Science series with Scholastic has brought the joy of science to many, many young readers.
Sue Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation.
An American, born in Chicago, David Bodanis has lived in the UK for many years. He lectured at the University of Oxford, where he designed and taught the university's main survey of social studies, entitled "An Intellectual Tool-Kit". His book E=mc2, was published in 26 countries, and his previous bestseller, The Secret House, has recently been reissued.
Gregory J. Chaitin is at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York and is the discoverer of the remarkable Omega number. His theory of algorithmic information develops an idea in Leibniz's "Discours de metaphysique" (1686), and shows that God not only plays dice in quantum physics, but even, in a sense, in pure mathematics.
Brian Clegg is the editor of the Popular Science website and has written books on subjects including light, Roger Bacon, infinity, Eadweard Muybridge, quantum entanglement and green issues. His latest title, Before the Big Bang looks at the most frequently asked question in all of science - did the Big Bang really exist, and if so, what came before it?.
Richard Dawkins is probably the best known publicist for neo-Darwinism - the new, self-confident strand of biology that emerged from the discovery that at last biology could be a real science, rather than a descriptive art thanks to evolutionary theory. He was educated at Oxford University where he has spent most of his working life, apart from a brief sojourn at the University of California at Berkeley.
Patricia Fara has a degree in physics from Oxford University and a PhD in History of Science from London University. She now lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science department at Cambridge University, where she is the Senior Tutor at Clare College.
Georgina Ferry is a science writer who established herself first through writing in New Scientist magazine and broadcasting on BBC Radio, and more recently through her authorship of popular science books. From August 2000 until May 2007 she was Editor of Oxford Today, the alumni magazine of Oxford University.
Richard Feynman was without doubt one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century and was a brilliant raconteur, a remarkable populariser of science and a showman. Feynman studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Princeton University. In 1965 he won the Nobel Prize for Physics along with Tomonaga and Schwinger for his work on Quantum Electrodynamics.
Len Fisher is a research scientist whose career has encompassed fundamental physics, food science, nano-engineering, biomedical science, and even philosophy. He now works as a writer and broadcaster, where his aim is to open up the closed world of science. Among his credits are an IgNobel Prize (for working out the physics of biscuit dunking) and an award from the American Institute of Physics for the best science book of the year in 2004.
Peter Forbes is a science writer with a special interest in the relationship between art and science. He initially trained as a chemist and worked in pharmaceutical and popular natural history publishing, whilst writing poems, and articles for magazines such as New Scientist and World Medicine.
James Gleick is a journalist whose output is divided between the IT world and science. Born in New York, he graduated from Harvard in 1976 and since then has had several staff jobs at the New York Times and written for magazines from New Yorker to Atlantic.
Dr John Gribbin received a PhD in astrophysics from Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex, where he was a member of a team there that measured the age of the Universe. Gribbin is the most prolific British popular science writer with a huge output both alone and co-authored with his wife, Mary.
Stephen Hawking is without doubt the most famous scientist alive, and probably one of the top five ever in the public imagination, alongside Einstein and Newton. His image and his electronically generated voice are instantly recognizable, even as far out of context as in an episode of the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation and TV ads for UK telecom giant BT.
Patrick Moore (more properly Sir Patrick these days) is a British institution. Since 1957 this remarkable astronomer has been hosting a monthly BBC television show on astronomy called The Sky at Night - now the longest running TV show ever with a single presenter. He combines vibrant enthusiasm with over-the-top eccentricity (down to his ever-present monocle) to make him one of best liked personalities on UK TV.
Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He graduated first in his class from Franklin and Marshall College, after completing the four-year undergraduate program in three years. Pickover is also the author of the popular Neoreality science-fiction series in which characters explore strange realities.
Matt Ridley is the author of the international best-seller Genome, as well as The Origins of Virtue, The Red Queen and Nature via Nurture. His books have been translated into 23 languages and have been short-listed for six literary prizes. He has BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University in zoology and was science editor and American editor of the Economist between 1983 and 1992.
Simon Singh is a freelance writer, science journalist, broadcaster, whose books include the phenomenally successful Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book, Big Bang and most recently Trick or Treatment? on alternative medicine.
Ian Stewart was educated at Cambridge and Warwick and is currently Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He is Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre at Warwick. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston and a Bios Fellow at Bios Group, Santa Fe. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001, and has written many popular maths books.
Michael White's early years aren't well recorded, but according to his book blurbs, White was a member of band The Thompson Twins in 1982. He went on to teach at d'Overbroeck's College, an independent school in Oxford, England. In 1991 he became a full time writer and has written 25 books, many being excellent works of popular science.
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