The Diary of Curious Cuthbert

Just out is my new book ‘The Diary of Curious Cuthbert’. Its hero is Cuthbert Armeeni, scientist, inventor and philosopher, and his diary entries are retold in rhyme. One Amazon customer said “Brilliant educational storytelling through poetry. Jack Challoner is the Roald Dahl of Science!” I was fortunate enough to have the book illustrated by…

Royal Society Prize shortlist

I’m delighted to announce that Home Lab (the UK title of ‘Maker Lab’) has been shortlisted for this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize – along with some other great books. Find out more by following this link.

More praise for Maker Lab

Well, Maker Lab is going from strength to strength. It’s been nominated for two awards, and here’s high praise indeed from the wonderfully enthusiastic Janet Joy Wilson, from Global News.  

Royal Society of Biology Book Awards

I’m honoured to find out that “Cell” has been shortlisted for this year’s Royal Society of Biology’s Book Awards, in the General Biology category. I have only seen a couple of the other books, and there is certainly stiff competition.  

I am the Edison Phonograph

I have been fascinated by this 1906 phonograph advertising recording since I first heard it. Just came across it again, and thought I would share it. Click on the play button below to have a listen. Phonograph image courtesy of Norman Bruderhofer, www.cylinder.de.

Elements … and cholera

I’m very excited that my new book – The Elements: The New Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe – is due to be published in just a few days. I have received some copies, and they look great. On a very different note, I have just finished writing a very different book, my first…

Two new element names and two new books

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) confirmed today the new names for the transuranium elements 114 and 116: flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv). The new names were announced in December 2011, but there followed a statutory period of five months during which chemists had a chance to object to the new names….

Welcome to ‘Explaining Science’

I have always prided myself in explaining scientific ideas clearly in an appropriate way to whoever is listening or reading – hence the title of this website. I intend to devote this website to explaining scientific concepts, as well as why science is such a powerful way to interpret the world around us (and the…