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Book of the Year 2016

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Cuckoo forgeries – a bird's-eye view

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Decoding the quantum horizon

Patrick Hayden and Robert Myers describe how “qubits” may hold the key to quantum gravity

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This time it's different

Robert P Crease claims the traditional model of scientific authority is defunct

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Bright ideas and their architects

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Tracing the path towards totality

Tyler Nordgren’s book on the history, science and beauty of a total solar eclipse flows between personal experiences and scientific facts, writes Shadia Habbal

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