Why write stories about general relativity? My article in the Independent explains the link between literature and Einstein’s theory. I also wrote a Q&A for the Guardian on the same subject.

My article in The Scotsman is about my personal experiences of being an astronomer and how it feels to do this sort of work, standing on a mountaintop staring at the sky.

My article about European astronomers working in Chile was published in the The New York Times and was anthologised in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014.

I’m interested in comparing the processes involved in doing science and writing literature. I blog about this occasionally, and have published articles on this at Lablit and Newsnet Scotland. I also wrote several articles about this for the Genomics Forum:

I have given talks about the links between science and literature at Ayrtime, the British Science Association, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

I’ve been involved in two academic projects about the interaction between science and literature:

  • What Scientists Read? which takes the issue of science influencing literature and flips it on its head to ask if literature influences scientists? What do scientists read when they’re not reading academic papers or journals? Does what they read influence their career choices or the way they do science?
  • A ‘photo-poetry pilot’ which encouraged visual artists, scientists and writers to work together in an interdisciplinary ‘third space’ using genetics as a jumping-off point. Here’s a paper about it in the academic journal Leonardo, written by Matthias Wienroth and me.


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