Science & Engineering

I'm still excited about how science has changed our relationship with the world. In all sorts of practical ways, from space flight to surgery, we are able to control forces that our ancestors saw as mysterious and all-powerful. We all live longer, travel further, know more and have more time to spend on what's important, because of technological progress. It's also fascinating to learn about the world, and how human investigation has opened it up.
On the other hand, I don't think we should be too quick to abandon democratic debate and political argument as soon as somebody plays the "scientific evidence" trump card.

I produced a debate on Brain Sex - do men and women think differently? as part of the Battle of Ideas festival 2011. That threw up so many questions I wrote a solo comedy show about it. BrainSex hit the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe and will be touring again in 2016.

I've also spoken on being Seduced by Statistics, and wrote an article on being Seduced by Stats for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. I appear on the BBC Headsqueeze channel's Number Hub asking questions like "which toilet should I use?"

My interest in statistics, mathematics and technology, coming together as Big Data, led to me writing a book on Big Data for Bloomsbury Press, out in 2016

I'm part of a BBC Radio 4 psychology series called Human Zoo , which returns in June 2015. I'm more of an exhibit than a zookeeper. See the Radio page for more science-related radio

I've worked with Cheltenham Science Festival's FameLab® from Hong Kong to NASA HQ. I host and produce public science events for all sorts of people and run workshops in public engagement for the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineers and others. A member of the Association of British Science Writers, I write journalism and other material on science.

In 2010 I took a comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe with stand-up mathematician Matt Parker. Your Days Are Numbered; the maths of death was so popular (as well as "exponentially funny") that we toured the UK and Australia with it in 2012 & made a short film with Worldwrite: Your Days Are Numbered See the Performance page for more science- or engineering-related comedy.