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Jan 19, 2014

A special free-to-read digital edition containing 10 of our very best feature articles on the science and applications of light

In depth: May 2009


Doing science in the open

Online networking tools are pervasive, but why have scientists been so slow to adopt many of them? Michael Nielsen explains how we can build a better culture of online collaboration

The gambling scholar

At the root of quantum theory we find only two basic ingredients — complex numbers and probabilities. Both, amazingly, were discovered by the same man. Artur Ekert tells the story of one of the finest minds of the Renaissance, the colourful and unpredictable Girolamo Cardano

Optical modelling points the way to PDT progress

Off-the-shelf commercial software is helping medical physicists to enhance the clinical efficacy of photodynamic therapy for targeted tumour destruction. Joe McEntee reports.

Mathematical typesetting gets XML makeover

Siân Harris talks to Barry MacKichan the founder of MacKichan Software about why the company is bringing XML-based processing to its traditional LaTeX-based software tools

Adaptive-control algorithms take condensed-matter physics into the 21st century

Adam Kollin and John Keem of RHK Technology explain how their firm is helping physicists get the most from scanning probe microscopy

Electromagnetic software accelerates ahead

Hamish Johnston explains how software born in an accelerator lab is now being used for everything from medical physics to invisibility cloaks


‘Two cultures’ turns 50

Robert P Crease asks why the idea of the “two cultures”, coined by C P Snow 50 years ago, still feels so current — despite the book that promoted the idea being both dated and flawed