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Print edition: November 2002


Physics meets art and literature

From Einstein and Picasso to the present day, art is meeting science all around us

Did Picasso know about Einstein?

Was it a coincidence that Picasso developed Cubism at about the same time that Einstein published his theory of relativity?

Iconic images

The stories behind three extremely popular scientific images

When science takes to the stage

The number of plays about science and scientists is increasing

Novel approaches to science

More and more novelists are writing about science, and some science writing is now considered literature

A brief history of art and science

Collaborations between physicists and visual artists come in all shapes and sizes

Brown dwarfs:
stars that never made it

Brown dwarfs are mysterious objects that form in the same way as stars but fail to become large enough to be powered by nuclear fusion

Making science look good

Portrait of the physicist as an artist

Physics in Action

Introducing the little Higgs

Supersymmetry has a new rival

Bosons help to beat the Fermi pressure

The ability to collapse a Fermi gas could tell us more about superfluidity

Size matters when testing exotic nuclei

X-rays boost building work


Official: a supermassive black hole in Milky Way

X-rays illuminate nova explosions

Quantum key travels record distance

News & Analysis

Astrophysics wins Nobel acclaim

The Nobel prize has recognized the pioneers of neutrino astrophysics and X-ray astronomy

Misconduct strikes the heart of physics

Jan Hendrik Schon has been fired by Bell Labs for falsifying and fabricating data in one of the worst-ever cases of scientific misconduct.

Japan invests in high-power protons

Physicists in Japan are building a $1.5bn accelerator complext that will produce the most powerful beams of protons in the world.

Physicist loses court battle

PM opens physics centre

Protein experts scoop chemistry prizes

Beer paper wins Ig Nobel physics prizes

Atom lithography unveils its new mask

Water powers novel chips

Mobiles look to Maxwell

Pugwash urges end to weapons

Going underground to find new physics

Physicists and other scientists in the US hope to build a $145m underground laboratory in a South Dakota gold mine.


Sharing out the Nobel prize

Three prizes should be awarded each year


In the matter of J Hendrik Schön

What lessons can we learn from the misconduct at Bell Labs?

Critical Point

Much more than pretty pictures

Artists who use science for inspiration often miss its deeper connections.


Let me teach maths

What Galileo did at the tower of Pisa


Science Goes To War: The Search for the Ultimate Weapon, from Greek Fire to Star Wars, Ernest Volkman

Flash: the Hunt for the Biggest Explosions in the Universe, Govert Schilling; The Biggest Bangs: The Mystery of Gamma-Ray Bursts, The Most Violent Explosions in the Universe, Jonathan Katz

Lateral Thoughts

A taste for talking about ice cream