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Chris Woodford writes about science and technology for adults and children. His books try to communicate science in compelling ways.

The books he's written, co-written, or contributed to have sold over four million copies, been translated into over 20 languages, and won or been shortlisted for over 40 international awards. His last book, Atoms under the Floorboards, won The American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for Books, 2016, and was named a Physics World Top 10 Book, 2015. His current book, Breathless, is a hard-hitting look at the global problem of air pollution and was an Independent pick of the month in March 2021.

Chris Woodford studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, where he specialized in physics and experimental psychology. After pulling out of a planned Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience, he studied advertising and design with legendary, iconoclastic creative guru John Gillard at The School of Communication Arts in London, before becoming a full-time science writer (and spare-time environmental campaigner) in the mid-1990s.

Chris also runs the science education website Explain that Stuff, which has served up over 125 million pages to date (between 2006 and 2022).