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Print edition: December 2002

Features

William Thomson: king of Victorian physics

The life and times of Lord Kelvin

Watching the brain at work

Magnetic resonance imaging is helping neuroscientists to probe neural activity in the brain

Physics in Action

Lithium feels the pressure to become a superconductor

For a simple metal lithium has remarkable properties

Organic semiconductors in a spin

A little palladium can go a long way in polymer-based light-emitting diodes

Pipe organs: physics in an action

Lots of basic phenomena come into play in the action of a pipe organ

Post-deadline

Computing with cascades

Magnetic carbon found in meteorite

RHIC poses setback for boost theory

News & Analysis

CERN looks inside anti-atoms

Art meets science underground

New 3D display reveals Sharp approach

TV twins pique theorists

Skin care gets hi-tech makeover

Bill Mitchell 1925-2002

New director at the ICTP

Allies found in the fight against light

ITER fusion project targets businesses

US firm buys Danish rival

One man's race to Mars

Editorial

A very strange year

2002 was full of highs and lows

Forum

Surely you're joking?

Critical Point

Finding the flaw in falsifiability

Science is more complex than Karl Popper thought

Reviews

Kepler and Tycho Brahe: the odd couple

The story of two, very different, astronomers

Charting the course of the Pye pioneer

The truth behind Newton’s many faces

Famous first words: Einstein's correspondence with children

Unravelling the strands of a life in DNA

Careers

The science of physics teaching