The invisible is one of the most enduringly seductive ideas in human history. This is its biography.
Philip Ball writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and worked for many years as an editor for physical sciences at Nature. His books cover a wide range of scientific and cultural phenomena, and include Critical Mass- How One Thing Leads To Another (winner of the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books), The Music Instinct, Curiosity- How Science Became Interested in Everything, Serving The Reich- The Struggle for the Soul of Science Under Hitler and Invisible- The history of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics.
As a harvest of fascinating facts delivered with sharp wit and
insight, it is hard to fault -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * Daily
Intriguing -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
A fascinating compendium... Another author might struggle to manage such an esoteric collection [of stories of invisibility] but Mr Ball's writing is incisive enough to keep the different elements hanging and working together * The Economist *
Ball marshals his material with deftness and charm * Literary Review *
[A] fantastic feast of ideas and information on the subject... In this enthralling book, Philip Ball's elegant and intelligent mastery...is very evident indeed * Evening Standard *