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John Gribbin : biography

1946 -

John R. Gribbin (born 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex."A change in the weather by Gary Turbak" The Rotarian magazine, Aug 1980, p.17 The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.



  • (1999) Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything, Yale University Press ISBN 0-300-08460-9
  • (1999) Get a Grip on New Physics, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London ISBN 0-297-82703-0
  • (1999) The Little Book of Science, Barnes and Noble, ISBN 978-0-7607-1687-8
  • (2003) Science: A History 1543-2001, Gardners Books ISBN 0-14-029741-3
  • (2003) The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors, Random House ISBN 0-8129-6788-7
  • (2006) The Fellowship: The Story of a Revolution, Allen Lane ISBN 0-7139-9745-1 (the story of the Royal Society)
  • (2009) Flower Hunters, Oxford University Press, with Mary Gribbin, 320 pages ISBN 978-0-19-956182-7

Children's books on science

  • (2003) Big Numbers: A Mind Expanding Trip to Infinity and Back (coauthor Mary Gribbin), Wizard Books (children’s imprint of Icon Books) 2005 edition ISBN 1-84046-661-8
  • (2003) How far is up? : Measuring the Size of the Universe (coauthor Mary Gribbin), Icon Books 2005 edition ISBN 1-84046-439-9
  • (2008) Time Travel for Beginners (coauthor Mary Gribbin), Hodder Children's ISBN 978-0-340-95702-8
  • (2000) Eyewitness: Time & Space, DK Children ISBN 0-7894-5578-1


  • (1974) The Jupiter Effect: The Planets As Triggers of Devastating Earthquakes (coauthor Stephen H. Plageman), Random House ISBN 0-394-72221-3; revised edition published as The Jupiter Effect Reconsidered, Vintage Books (New York, NY), 1982 ISBN 0-394-70827-X
  • (February 1982) The Jupiter Effect Reconsidered
  • (1983) Beyond the Jupiter Effect, Macdonald ISBN 0-356-08686-0

The Sun

  • (1980) The Death of the Sun, Dell Publishing ISBN 978-0-440-51854-9 (also as The Strangest Star: The Scientific Account of the Life and Death of the Sun, 1980, Athlone Press ISBN 978-0-485-11207-8)
  • (1991) Blinded by the Light: The Secret Life of the Sun, Bantam ISBN 978-0-593-02064-7

Quantum physics

  • (1984) In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics And Reality, Bantam Books ISBN 0-553-34253-3
  • (1996) Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality, Back Bay Books ISBN 0-316-32819-7
  • (1998) Q Is for Quantum: An Encyclopedia of Particle Physics, Free Press ISBN 0-684-85578-X
  • (2002) Quantum Physics (Essential Science), Dorling Kindersley ISBN 978-0-7513-3976-5
  • (2007) La physique quantique, Pearson Education ISBN 978-2-7440-7263-5

Evolution and human genetics

  • (1982) The Monkey Puzzle: A Family Tree (coauthor Jeremy Cherfas), Pantheon Books ISBN 0-394-52794-1
  • (1988) The One Percent Advantage: The Sociobiology of Being Human, Blackwell Pub ISBN 978-0-631-16004-5
  • (1990) Children of the Ice: Climate and Human Origins, Blackwell Pub (with Mary Gribben) ISBN 978-0-631-16817-1
  • (1993) Being Human: Putting People in an Evolutionary Perspective, J.M.Dent & Sons (with Mary Gribben) ISBN 978-0-460-86164-9
  • (1985) In Search of the Double Helix, McGraw-Hill ISBN 978-0-07-024740-6
  • (1985) The Redundant Male: Is Sex Irrelevant in the Modern World? (coauthor Jeremy Cherfas) Paladin ISBN 978-0-586-08503-5
  • (2003) The Mating Game, (revised edition of The Redundant Male) Barnes and Noble ISBN 978-0-7607-4543-4
  • (2003) The First Chimpanzee: In Search of Human Origins, (coauthor Jeremy Cherfas) Barnes and Noble ISBN 978-0-7607-4542-7
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