Simon Singh

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Simon Lehna Singh (born September 19, 1964 in Wellington , Somerset , England ) is a British freelance science journalist , author and producer .


Singh studied physics at Imperial College in London and at the University of Cambridge . There and at CERN ( Canton of Geneva ) he obtained his doctorate ( Ph.D. ) in particle physics .

From 1990 to 1997 he worked as a producer for the BBC , where he won the British Academy Award for Film and Television Arts in 1996 for his documentary Fermat's Last Theorem .

His first book was published under this title in 1997 (German: Fermat's last sentence , 2000), the first book on mathematics that became a bestseller in Great Britain . Using the story of Andrew Wiles and his proof of Fermat's Conjecture , which had failed the world's best mathematicians for over 300 years, Singh describes the history of mathematics from its ancient beginnings to the present day.

The Code Book , the history of cryptography (German: Geheime Messschaften , 2002) was published in 1999 . In 2004, Singh published Big Bang , a book about the theory that the universe was created by a Big Bang (German: Big Bang , 2005). For this book he received the 2006 Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics .

In 2010, Singh received the first Leelavati Prize at the ICM in Hyderabad (India) .

legal action

In 2008, Singh was sued by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for defamation for writing in a column in the Guardian newspaper that it promoted fraudulent or bogus therapies. In a backlash to the ongoing process, more than 500 chiropractors complained about misleading advertising within one day , and a national chiropractor organization recommended that its members take their websites offline. Singh received worldwide support from scholars and journalists, and efforts to reform the UK Defamation Act were given a boost.

In the hearing before the High Court on May 7, 2009, Judge Justice Eady ruled that the text passage complained of did not constitute an expression of opinion ("fair comment"), but an assertion of fact. Singh appealed against it. On April 1, 2010, the Court of Appeal ruled in Singh's favor. The BCA withdrew its lawsuit on April 15, 2010.


Web links

Commons : Simon Singh  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Science and Society: The Secret History of Secret Codes . tape 6 . CERN Bulletin, February 4, 2002 (English, [accessed July 29, 2019]).
  2. Singh, Simon - Author profile . INSPIRE-HEP . Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  3. ^ R Eden: Doctors take Simon Singh to court . In: The Daily Telegraph , August 16, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  4. Lucas Laursen: The Great Beyond: Chiropractic group advises members to 'withdraw from the battleground' . Retrieved June 20, 2009.
  5. Cassandra Will Yard: Lawsuit sparks calls for libel law reform . Nature Medicine . Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  6. ^ David Allen Green: BCA v Singh: The Official ruling. In: Jack of Kent. May 28, 2009, archived from the original on June 5, 2013 ; Retrieved February 14, 2011 .
  7. Science writer Simon Singh wins bitter libel battle . April 15, 2010.