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 best-selling 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 (all published worldwide by Dorling Kindersley/DK).
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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