Marcus Chown

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Marcus Chown (born 1959) is a science writer, journalist and broadcaster, currently cosmology consultant for New Scientist magazine.[1][2] He graduated from the University of London in 1980, gaining a first class degree in physics, and later gained a Master of Science in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology. His books on astronomy and physics are aimed primarily at the popular market, including Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, for which he was praised for "expressing opaque concepts with a unique clarity".[3]

Chown is also a political activist, and in 2014 announced that he was running as a candidate for Member of the European Parliament for the National Health Action Party in the UK. In August 2015 the Labour Party turned down his application to join their register of supporters.[4]


  • Afterglow of Creation: From the fireball to the discovery of cosmic ripples. (1993)
  • The Magic Furnace: The quest for the origin of atoms. (1999)
  • The Universe Next Door: Twelve Mind-Blowing Ideas from the Cutting Edge of Science. (2001)
  • The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead: Dispatches from the Front Line of Science. (2007)
  • Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You: A Guide to the Universe. (2007) (published in U.S. as The Quantum Zoo: A Tourist's Guide to the Neverending Universe. (2005))
  • Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil. (2008)
  • We Need to Talk About Kelvin. (2009) (published in the U.S. as The Matchbox That Ate A Forty-Ton Truck.)
  • Solar System for iPad. (2010)[5] (a book app)
  • Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun. (2011)
  • Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas. (2011) (with Govert Schilling)
  • What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff. (2013)


  1. ^ Marcus Chown Interview
  2. ^ Green, Graeme (2007) "60 SECONDS: Marcus Chown", Metro, 18 January 2007, retrieved 2010-03-27
  3. ^ Trotman, Clive (2008) "Esoteric concepts on relative scale", Otago Daily Times, 5 July 2008, retrieved 2010-03-27
  4. ^ Marcus Chown [marcuschown] (20 Aug 2015). "I am in shock. I have voted Labour in every election, including the last one. But I do want a non-privatised NHS" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  5. ^ Solar System for iPad, Press Release

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