Christopher Monckton, inventor of Sudoku X and compiler of the 100 all-new puzzles in this exclusive collection, was the inventor of the 209-piece Eternity jigsaw puzzle which exploited a previously-unnoticed wrinkle in the laws of mathematics and took the world by storm, achieving record (and unbeaten) UK sales in its first month and becoming Puzzle of the Year in Australia. Two Cambridge mathematicians won the million-pound prize for the first solution found. Eternity II followed and again achieved huge sales.
Puzzles by Christopher Monckton have appeared in the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, the Evening Standard, the Yorkshire Post, The Universe, Not The Church Times and other leading publications. His inventions include the board game Supermind.
Christopher, known to his numerous nephews and nieces as “Mr. Knowledge”, spent four years solving real-life problems for Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street during her years as Prime Minister and now acts as trouble-shooter and corporate thinker to leading businesses. He is a former Editor of The Universe, Managing Editor of the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, Consulting Editor of Today, Consulting Editor of the Evening Standard, Leader-Writer of the Yorkshire Post and author of Anglican Orders: Null and Void? and co-author of The Laker Story. He is a well-known public speaker and has written speeches for many of Britain’s leading politicians (and a song performed by a Cabinet minister). Though not a lawyer, he wrote the legal brief that persuaded the Scottish judges to save the West Highland Sleeper train from the axe: it is now the only train in the world required by law to run “till a’ the seas gang dry”.
Global Warming & The Environment
Monckton is strongly critical of mainstream scientific opinion on climate change, which he regards as a controversy catalyzed by "the need of the international left for a new flag to rally ‘round" following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Although he has acknowledged that global warming is real, he has cast doubt on its provenance and the underlying science in a number of newspaper articles and papers. His views have attracted controversy and strong criticism from scientists and environmental activists, including Al Gore and George Monbiot.
In an article in The Sunday Telegraph, the former U.S. Vice President and environmental campaigner, Al Gore, described Monckton's scientific assertions as "extremely misleading" and "completely wrong". Monckton has in turn accused Gore of having "bastardised" science and having produced "a foofaraw of pseudo-science" in the form of his climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
In March 2007, Monckton ran a series of advertisements in The New York Times and Washington Post challenging Al Gore to an internationally televised debate on climate change. The former U.S. Vice President did not respond.
He is considered a leading authority on the subject of the environment and our impact upon it and is regularly asked to attend events as a guest speaker for large corporate companies and governments throughout the world.