Simon Singh

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Simon Lehna Singh, MBE (born 1st January 1964) is a British physicist, broadcaster and author. His works include: Fermat's Last Theorem (1997); The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography (2000); Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (2005); and Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial (with Edzard Ernst, 2008). He has a PhD in particle physics from Cambridge University.

Singh was sued by the British Chiropractic Association in 2009 for arguing in a 2008 newspaper article that the organisation "happily promotes bogus treatments".[1] The case attracted much media attention and led to a campaign by the charity Sense About Science.[2] It also triggered a lengthy series of complaints against the health claims of as many as one in four UK chiropractors.[3] After Singh was granted the right to appeal the original court verdict against him, the BCA dropped the case[4] and the article was re-instated on the website of the Guardian newspaper.[5] The BCA attempted to clarify its reasons for launching the unsuccessful legal action two years later.[6]


  1. Guardian: 'Beware the spinal trap'. 19th April 2008.
  2. Sense About Science: 'Keep Libel Laws out of Science'.
  3. Guardian: 'Furious backlash from Simon Singh libel case puts chiropractors on ropes'. 1st March 2010.
  4. Guardian: 'Simon Singh libel case dropped'. 1st April 2010.
  5. Guardian: 'Simon Singh wins libel court battle'. 1st April 2010.
  6. Guardian: 'Why we sued Simon Singh: the British Chiropractic Association speaks'. Blog post by Edzard Ernst. 22nd February 2012.