Stephen Webb obtained his PhD in theoretical physics in 1988, and since then has held positions at several universities in the UK. He was an author on the team that developed Software Teaching of Modular Physics, a hypermedia package that won the European Academic Software Award, and he continues to investigate ways in which technology can improve the understanding of physical and mathematical concepts amongst undergraduate students.
Stephen currently lives and works in Milton Keynes, where he is a member of Open University course teams charged with producing distance learning material for the University's undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mathematics. His first book, "Measuring the Universe: the Cosmological Distance Ladder", was published in 1999. This was followed by the hugely successful "Where is Everybody?" which won the Best Ideas Award from Contact in Context and was shortlisted for the prestigious Aventis prize in 2003.
Stephen’s latest book, "Out of this World", is an exploration of recent ideas in high-energy physics. In his lucid and compelling style, Webb makes strange theories, from tiny particles to huge membranes that may envelope our Universe, engaging and enjoyable.
For relaxation, Stephen enjoys playing football and cricket (at a level that is now more enthusiastic than skilful).