Manjit Kumar’s most recent book, the critically-acclaimed Quantum, has been published in 12 languages and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2009. He is also the co-author of Science and the Retreat from Reason, an introduction to key areas of modern science which defends notions of social progress and scientific advance. He has degrees in physics and philosophy and writes and reviews for various publications including The Independent,Times, Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and the Literary Review. He was Consulting Science Editor at the UK edition of Wired magazine and lives in north London. He is currently working on a new book.