Philip Ball is a writer and author. Having trained as a chemist and physicist, he worked for many years as an editor for the science journal Nature. He now writes regularly on science and its interactions with the arts and the wider culture. His books include Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour, The Music Instinct, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, and Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen. His book Critical Mass won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books, and he is the 2015 Comment Awards Science Commentator of the Year. Currently he is a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Science Stories’, and is a contributing editor of Prospect. His latest book is The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China.