About

This is the website of science writer/communicator Jack Challoner. Recent books include ‘Maker Lab’ (‘Home Lab’ in the UK), published by Dorling Kindersley, in association with the Smithsonian Institute; ‘The Cell – a Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life’ (published by Ivy Press and Chicago University Press); ‘The Elements – The New Guide to the Building Blocks of the Universe’, published by Carlton Books; and ‘Real Lives: John Snow’, a biography of the Victorian doctor and scientist published by Bloomsbury.

I have always prided myself in explaining scientific ideas clearly in an appropriate way to whoever is listening or reading – hence the subtitle of this website: ‘Explaining Science’.

If you have any questions about science – perhaps you are confused by something or you are wondering how you might explain something to your child or a friend – then do contact me. You’ll find my e-mail address at the top right of each page of this website.
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About me

I studied physics at Imperial College, London, then trained as a science and maths teacher. After that, I worked at London’s Science Museum in the Education Unit – and in the museum’s flagship interactive gallery, Launch Pad.

I left the museum in 1991 to write science and technology books and to write and perform science shows in museums, libraries and schools. If you would like to know more about my writing, click here.

Recently, I worked for two years on the development of science television programmes for BBC Scotland.

Finally, I am also a musician and singer: and I have written ‘The Tenth Plot’, a ‘jazz-funk opera about the Solar System’. Get in touch if you’d like to find out about it.

Photograph by James Bedford.