Hello! I'm Chris Woodford and I write all the articles on Explain that Stuff. I'm a British science writer and I've written lots of books on science and technology, including the hugely popular how-it-works titles Cool Stuff and How it Works (How Cool Stuff Works), Cool Stuff 2.0 (The Gadget Book), and Cool Stuff Exploded (published by Dorling Kindersley/DK), which have sold nearly four million copies worldwide. Books I've written or contributed to have been translated into about 20 different languages and won or been shortlisted for around 30 awards, including the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize (in the UK) and the National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Book award (in the United States).
In case you're interested, I have an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. I specialized in physics (which I was very lucky to have been able to study at the Cavendish Laboratory) and experimental psychology, but also covered chemistry, crystallography, materials science, and math. (That's largely why the articles on Explain that Stuff lean so heavily toward the physical sciences rather than life-science topics, which I know less about.) I had my first magazine article published back in 1980 (I was very young!) and I've been writing about science and technology pretty much ever since.
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My next book, Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home, is due to be published worldwide by Bloomsbury in March 2015. If you'd like to know when it's available, and be in with a chance of winning a free signed copy, please click here to find out more.
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