Understanding The Natural World – Full List of Articles

The Universe at Large

The Big Bang – The Origin Of The Universe

Planets Beyond Our Solar System

What Is The Stars?

The Origin, Nature and Future of the Universe

Seeing The Invisible – The Search For Black Holes

Dust in Space

The Solar System and the Earth

The Planets in our Solar System

The Importance of the Sun

Time and Tides – Messages from a Receding Moon

The Earth’s Reversible Magnetic Field

The Global Earthquake Threat

Dust in Space

Recommended Further Reading:

  • The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe Report, Timothy Ferris (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1997).
  • Almost Everyone’s Guide to Science, John Gribbin (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1998).
  • Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others, Martin Ress (Touchstone, 1998).
  • Cosmos, Car Sagan (Abacus, 1995).
  • The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Listening for Life in the Cosmos, Thomas R. McDonough (Wiley, 1987).
  • Creation Revisited: The Origin of Space, Time and the Universe, Peter Atkins (Penguin, 1994).
  • Life of Star, by Nigel Henbrest (Inside Science No. 11, New Scientist, June 2, 1988).
  • Dust in Space, by Nigel Henbest (Inside Science No. 45, New Scientist, 18 May, 1991).
  • Dark Matter and the Universe, by John Gribbin (Inside Science No. 70, New Scientist, 19 March, 1994).

Some Laws of Physics

The Laws of Thermodynamics

Absolute Zero Temperature & the Third Law of Thermodynamics

Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity

Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

The Most Famous Equation in the World

The Nature of the Very Small: is it a Wave or is it a Particle?

Recommended Reading:

  • The Laws of Physics, Isaac Asimov (Barnes and Noble, 1993).
  • Five in The Mind: Science, Faith and the Search for Order, George Johnson (Viking, 1996).
  • Was Einstein Right?, C. Will (Basic Books, 1986).
  • Subtle is The Lord, A. Pais (Oxford University Press, 1988).
  • Schrödinger’s Kittens and the Search for Reality, John Gribbin (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1995).
  • ‘A Special Theory of Relativity’ John Gribbin, New Scientist (Inside Science, No. 49), 21 September 1991.
  • ‘A Theory of Some Gravity’ John Gribbin, New Scientist (Inside Science, No. 31), 24 February, 1990.

The Origin of Life

The Spontaneous Generation of Life: a History of Ideas

Was Life Seeded on Earth from Elsewhere in the Universe?

The Origin of Life: Did it Begin in a Frozen Ocean?

Are We Alone in the Universe?

The Anthropic Principle: is the Universe Specially Designed to Support Life

The Theory of Evolution

The Explanatory Power of the Theory of Evolution

Evolution, A Disturbing Idea

Biological Adam and Eve

Man the Hunter of Man the Scavenger?

What Form will Future Human Evolution Take?

Recommended Further Reading:

  • The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin of Life, Paul Davies (Penguin, 1998).
  • River Out of Eden, Richard Dawkins (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1995).
  • Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, Stephen Jay Gould (Hutchinson Radius, 1989).
  • Lifelines, Steven Rose, (Penguin, 1997).
  • Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution, Lynn Margulis and Dorian Segan (Allen and Unwinn, 1987).
  • Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolutin and the Meanings of Life, Daniel C. Dennett (Allen Lane, 1995).
  • To Utopia and Back’ Norman Horoqitz (W.H. Freeman and Co., 1986)

Modern Genetics

The Work of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics

Deciphering the Structure of the Hereditary Material

The Potential of Genetic Engineering

Ethical Issues Raised by Genetic Manipulation

Sexual and Asexual Reproduction and Clones

Cloning Human Beings

The Ethics of Human Cloning

The Nature and Power of Genetic Fingerprinting

Genetically Modified Plants: Fact, Fiction and Perception

Medicine and Disease

Why is Human Life Expectancy Greater Now than in the Past?

Human Ageing and Human Lifespan

Cancer: Prevention is Better than Cure

Cancer and Chemicals in the Environment

Cynicism is Bad for your Health

Alzheimer’s Disease

Recommended Further Reading:

  • The Language of the Genes, Steve Jones (Flamingo, 1993).
  • Genetic Engineering, Dreams and Nightmares, Enzo Russo and David Love (Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Clone, Gina Kolate (Penguin, 1997).
  • Why We Age, Steven N. Auslad (Wiley, 1997).
  • Cancer Wars: How Politics Shapes What We Know and Don’t Know about Cancer, Robert N. Proctor (Basic Books, 1995).
  • The Phychology of Health (2nd Edition), Marian Pitts and Kiety Philips (Eds.) (Routledge, 1998).

Diet and Nutrition

Sensible Eating is Simple

Obesity: Causes and Solutions

Why Exercise is Good for the Heart

A Healthy Diet

Do Synthetic Chemicals in Our Environment Threaten Our Future?

Science and Society

Understanding Criminal Behaviour: Beyond ‘Red Dragon’

Respect Life, Don’t patent it

Aspects of the Environment

Does Conservation Save or Squander?

Mother Nature Undisturbed

Absolute Safety

Do Synthetic Chemicals in our Environment Threaten or Future?

Incineration and Health

How Dangerous is Ionising Radiation?

Ionising Radiation and the Atomic Bomb

Radon, the Silent Natural Menace

Radiation from Electrical Power is Not a Significant Cause of Cancer

Health Risks from Microwave Radiation

A Green Future with Technology

Does the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect Threaten our Future?

The Ultimate Safe and Efficient Traffic System

ENFO Briefing Sheet – Ionising Radiation

Spray Cans, Smog and Society

Biodiversity – What’s all the Fuss About?

The Tropical Box Jellyfish: the World’s Deadliest Creature

Recommended Further Reading:

  • Environmental Science – A Global Concern, William P. Cunningham and Barbara W. Saigo (Wm. C. Brown, 1990).
  • Our Stolen Future, Theo Colborn, John P. Myers and Dianne Dumanoski (Little, Brown, 1996).
  • The True State of The Planet, Ronald Bailey (ed.) (The Free Press, 1995).
  • Nuclear Radiation, Risks and Benefits, Edward Pochin (Oxford University Press, 1985).

Science and Religion

Can Biology Explain Religion?

Science and Religion

Is Science Replacing Religion

God And Science

Recommended Further Reading:

  • God, Chance and Necessity, Keith Ward (One World Publications, 1996).
  • God, Faith and The New Millennium: Christian Belief in an Age of Science, Kieth Ward (One World Publications, 1998).
  • Belief in God in an Age of Science, John Polkinghorne (Yale University Press, 1998).


Pharmaceuticals Through The Looking Glass

The Intelligent Web: The Future of the Internet

Nanotechnology – The Science Of The Very Small


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