Michael Brooks is the author of the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of our Times. His next book is Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science, to be published in July 2011. This book explores what lies behind scientific discovery: a heady mix of drug-induced inspiration, brawling, fraud, intrigue gladiatorial infighting and reckless self-experimenting. Science, Brooks argues, is far more interesting than the scientists have been letting on.
Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics, is a consultant at New Scientist and writes a weekly column for the New Statesman. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the Times Higher Education, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Playboy. He has lectured at New York University, The American Museum of Natural History and Cambridge University, and is a regular speaker at UK science and literary festivals.