The author of such popular science books as Can We Travel Through Time?: The 20 Big Questions of Physics and 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, he also edited New Scientist magazine and contributed to numerous publications, including The Observer and The Guardian.
In 1999, at the age of twenty-nine, he found a publisher for his debut work, Quantum Computing and Communications.
In 2010, he founded a United Kingdom political party called The Science Party and unsuccessfully ran against Member of Parliament and pseudoscience advocate David Tredinnick.
A native of England, he earned his quantum physics Ph.D. from the University of Sussex.
He and American researcher Edwin Kilbourne both published numerous scientific-themed works.