[UPDATED] What should science do? Sam Harris v. Philip Ball
By THE REASON PROJECT, SAM HARRIS, PHILIP BALL
Added: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 23:00:00 UTC
UPDATE: Philip Ball responds to Sam Harris' final post, and Harris addresses readers' questions and concerns:
Sam Harris and Philip Ball discuss the conflict between religion and science. They do not agree…
Philip Ball is a freelance science writer. He worked at Nature for over 20 years, first as an editor for physical sciences (for which his brief extended from biochemistry to quantum physics and materials science) and then as a Consultant Editor. His writings on science for the popular press have covered topical issues ranging from cosmology to the future of molecular biology. Philip is the author of several popular books on science, including works on the nature of water, pattern formation in the natural world, colour in art, and the science of social and political philosophy. Philip continues to write for Natureâs online news, especially for the editorial column Muse. He has contributed to publications ranging from New Scientist to the New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times and New Statesman. He is the regular science columnist for Prospect magazine, and also a columnist for Chemistry World and Nature Materials. He has broadcast on many occasions on radio and TV, and in June 2004 he presented a three-part serial on nanotechnology, âSmall Worldsâ, on BBC Radio 4. He is also Science Writer in Residence at the Department of Chemistry, University College London. Philip has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Physics from the University of Bristol.
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