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Print edition: December 2000

Physics in Action

The many states of americium

Tin clusters foil high temperatures

Electron waves under the microscope


Semiconductor makes atomic diffusion clearer

Deep sleep

Novel material in focus

News & Analysis

Physics takes centre stage

Philanthropist funds Canadian institute

Neutrons tackle landmines


John Bell: friend, colleague and pioneer

Mysticism, physics and psychoanalysis

The Web - a physics success story

The life and legacy of Julian Schwinger

The Moon seen through a looking glass

Much ado about nothing

Defining moments in the history of time

Tribute to a man who lived for the stars

The Persuit of Perfect Packing, Tomaso Aste and Denis Weaire

Henry Norris Russell: Dean of American Astronomers, David DeVorkin

Splitting the Second: The Story of Atomic Time, Tony Jones

Defining moments in the history of time

Observing the Moon: The Modern Astronomer's Guide, Gerald North

Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger, Jagdish Mehra and Kimball Milton

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, Charles Seife

How the Web Was Born, James Gillies and Robert Cailliau

Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Lee Smolin

The Triad:The Ohysicists, the analysts, the Kabbalists, Tom Keve

Quantum Reflections, (ed) John Ellis and Daniele Amati