The proof has arrived

The proof copy for my forthcoming book has arrived, and I’m sharing a page with you! The design looks stunning, and I’m busy picking through the text to make sure nothing has gone awry. Suffice to say I’m excited. The book is scheduled for publication late August.

Indus Valley Civilisation

Chapter Two of my upcoming book, “Water: A Visual and Scientific History“, is all about water on Earth: how it got here, how it behaves here and how we interact with it and depend upon it. Towards the end of the chapter, I dwell on the importance of rivers in the development of human civilisation….

The biggest reservoir of water in the Universe

This image shows a quasar that has been found to hold 100 trillion times as much water as all the oceans on Earth. Quasar APM 08279+5255 was discovered in 1998, and features in Chapter One of my upcoming book, “Water a Visual and Scientific History“. The quasar is not host to lakes or rivers of…

More praise for The Atom

My book “The Atom – A Visual Tour” continues to sell well, and has received lots of really great reviews. Here’s a snippet of an in-depth review from physicist James Marshall Smith, at the New York Review of Books: To say that the book covers a vast array of topics is an understatement, as it…

My new book coming soon

Following the success of “The Atom – A Visual Tour“, the publishers, MIT Press, decided to commission me to write another title for them. And so, in August 2021, MIT Press are publishing “Water – A Visual and Scientific History“. Follow on Instagram (@water_a_visual_history), Facebook or here on my website for water-related posts, including some…

It’s about time …

Did you know …  In Great Britain in 1752, Wednesday 2nd September was followed by Thursday 14th September.  In Scotland, 1599 had only nine months.  There have been 25 million minutes since 1972; 27 of them have had 61 seconds rather than the normal 60.  Time feels weird at the moment, during lockdown. Routines are…

GrrlScientist on ‘The Atom’

I am very pleased that ‘The Atom’ has been listed on the wonderful GrrlScientist’s list of top ten science books of 2018. She says: “The Atom is an engaging and visually appealing overview of physics and chemistry, as well as the history of our thinking about atoms and their structure: how atomic interactions create the…

The Atom … to be published in September 2018

In a follow up to ‘The Cell‘, I have just finished writing the text for ‘The Atom’, to be published in September 2018 by the same publisher, Ivy Press (part of the Quarto group). This time, it is being published in association with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is very exciting. Watch this space…

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….

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…