Marcus Chown

Marcus is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, he has been a staff member and cosmology consultant of New Scientist, and is a regular on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. His books include The Universe Next Door (A parallel universe where science is fun – The Independent) and Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You (Weird, sexy & mind-blowing – Nature). Both Afterglow of Creation and We Need to Talk About Kelvin were short-listed for the Royal Society Science Book Prize and his Solar System for the iPad won The Bookseller Digital Innovation of the Year. He is also author of Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil (One of the books most likely to fire children’s imaginations – Sunday Times) and What a Wonderful World (‘A pretty wonderful book’ – Richard Dawkins). The Ascent of Gravity was named The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017.

The Magicians: Great Minds and the Central Miracle of Science was published by Faber in February 2020. Marcus is a Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at Brunel University.

Books by Marcus Chown