Author: Kit Ward

The Orrery Joseph Wright

John Michell, dark star

Listening to an episode of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time radio programme recently, I leaned that the first person to postulate the existence of black holes was not, as I’d always assumed, some twentieth-century genius like Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking, but an eighteenth-century scientist called John Michell.

Dry Garden in Ryoanji

Minimalist fiction

Blake Crouch’s 2016 novel Dark Matter is a page-turner, no doubt about it. It’s the first novel I’ve read that uses the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics as a plot device. This is a tricky matter to handle in fiction.