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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

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Features, opinions and reviews from the world’s top physicists and professional science writers


Once a physicist: Apoorva Jayaraman

Apoorva Jayaraman is an Indian classical dancer, and has a background in physics

A salty safety solution

Johan Wåhlin and Alex Klein-Paste explain why millions of tonnes of salt are spread on icy roads every year in the pursuit of safe driving conditions

When cold warms faster than hot

Jennifer Ouellette explores the controversially counterintuitive phenomenon of hot water freezing faster than cold – and why some scientists think a reverse effect may even occur too

Rising stars show their stripes

Physics World talks to early-career scientists in the US about the issues they face

How much self-promotion is enough?

Dalmeet Singh Chawla delves into the pros and cons of self-citations, as well as the possible benefits of the s-index


Frankenstein on stage

So you think you could stage a physics play yourself? Robert P Crease meets a man who’s done just that

Opening up the physics closet

Michael Falk calls on physicists to create a better environment for minorities

What philosophers do

Robert P Crease explains what philosophers of physics get up to

The scientific sublime

Robert P Crease identifies a physics experiment that philosophers would dub “sublime”

Making space

Robert P Crease reveals that space is not always as we know it


Learning with LEGO

Particle Physics Brick By Brick, is the latest funky attempt to make particle physics more palatable, writes Matin Durrani

The many faces of Fermi

Marco Delmastro casts his eye over the life of Enrico Fermi in The Last Man Who Knew Everything by David N Schwarz

To the Moon and back

Apollo: the Extraordinary Visual History of the Iconic Space Programme is a beautifully designed coffee-table book full of every fact you might ever want to know about the Apollo missions, says Kate Gardner

What makes a mathematician

Margaret Harris enjoys the diverse collection of top mathematical geniuses profiled in Significant Figures by Ian Stewart

A matter of time

Why Time Flies: a Mostly Scientific Investigation, is an interesting exploration into how humans perceive the passage of time, writes Hamish Johnston