Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

I’m delighted that my book ‘Home Lab’ has won the prestigious Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017. The book is called ‘Maker Lab’ in the USA, and published on both sides of the Atlantic by DK. I can announce that I have recently finished the follow-up book, which will be published in spring 2018….

Maker Lab and the Kardashians …

Well, my book Maker Lab (called Home Lab in the UK) has skyrocketed up to number 72 in the bestsellers list, all thanks to Kim Kardashian’s model sister Kendall Jenner! Kendall bought the book for Kim’s daughter North’s fourth birthday – and she even bought the ingredients for each of her four favourite activities from the book….

The Cell … and The Atom

I was delighted to learn a few weeks ago that my book The Cell, published by the lovely people at Ivy Press, in association with Chicago University Press, is a finalist in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s ‘Excellence in Science Books Prize’. The other finalists are amazing, so just being picked is a great honour….

Book launch – in NYC

Well, Maker Lab seems to be selling really well, and the good folks at DK NYC have organised a launch event for the book in the new school year. It’ll be at the Powerhouse Arena, Main Street, Brooklyn on Sunday September 25th. Follow this link for all the details: book launch details. Maybe see you there!…

Happy birthday, Dr Snow

Today (14th March) was Einstein’s birthday (he was born in 1879). It was also pi day – happy pi day (should really be tau day – to understand why, see this great video by the wonderful Vi Hart). But I was most excited because it was the day of publication of my narrative biography of John…

New books

I have been very busy … On 31st January 2012, Chartwell Books published Amazing Weather Facts and Trivia – the latest book from my pen (well, my computer keyboard). It is a companion to Amazing Human Body Facts and Trivia, which was published in the summer 0f 2011. I don’t normally blog about new books, but…

Genius: Great Inventors and their Creations

My new book was published on 14th October 2010. I rather like it. It contains pull-out copies of important historical documents – patents, lab notebooks, technical drawings – regarding some of the most important inventions. It was published by Carlton Books, in association with the Science Museum.