Education University of Sussex
Role Science writer
|Name Michael Brooks|
Occupation Science writer
|Born May 7, 1970 (age 50) (1970-05-07) |
Known for Explaining difficult scientific concepts to laymen in his books
Books 13 Things That Don't Make Se, At the Edge of Uncertain, Free Radicals: The Secr, The Secret Anarchy of Science, Entanglement
Similar Jim Al Khalili , Robert Matthews (scientist) , John Gribbin
Michael brooks on science and the middle way
Michael Edward Brooks (born 7 May 1970) is an English science writer, noted for explaining complex scientific research and findings to the general population.
- Michael brooks on science and the middle way
- Free radicals michael brooks tells us about the secret anarchy of science
- Science Party
- Selected articles
Free radicals michael brooks tells us about the secret anarchy of science
Brooks holds a PhD in Quantum Physics from the University of Sussex. He was previously an editor for New Scientist magazine, and currently works as a consultant for that magazine. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Times Higher Education Supplement, and Playboy. His first novel, Entanglement, was published in 2007. His first non-fiction book, an exploration of scientific anomalies entitled 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, was published in 2009. The book expands an article that Brooks wrote for New Scientist.
Brooks' next book, The Big Questions: Physics, was released in February 2010. It contains twenty 3,000-word essays addressing the most fundamental and frequently asked questions about science.
The Science Party is a UK political party that was launched on April 20, 2010 by Brooks and Sumit Paul-Choudhury, an editor of New Scientist.
A key goal in the Science Party manifesto is ensuring "that science, mathematics and engineering have sufficient funding, skills and political priority".
The Science Party challenged MP David Tredinnick in his constituency of Bosworth in the East Midlands, in the 2010 general election on a pro-scientific manifesto. Tredinnick is a supporter of alternative medicine and critical of science.
It was revealed in the 2009 United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal that Tredinnick claimed £700 in his MP expenses for astrology software and training, which he repaid following media publicity. Tredinnick also led 70 MPs in a motion to ignore a House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report recommending the NHS to cease funding homeopathic treatments.
In criticising Tredinnick, Brooks also points to the cash-for-questions affair, where Tredinnick accepted a £1,000 payment from an under cover reporter for what was described as a consultancy service but which essentially involved raising a question before parliament, an act that has been described as accepting a bribe for interference in parliamentary proceedings. This scandal led to Tredinnick and one other MP being suspended from Parliament. Brooks also criticises Tredinnick for his MP's expense claim of £125 for attending a course on "intimate relationships".
Tredinnick defended his views on using astrology for medicine by saying "Systems of healthcare in India and China have linked medicine and astronomy for centuries. Are we really just dismissing their views?".
Brooks describes Tredinnick as "a champion of pseudo-science and a hindrance to rational governance".
Brooks received 197 votes in the election, 0.4% of the votes cast.