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Editor's choice

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

Features

Filling the world with light

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura on winning the prize and what comes next

Your career questions answered

Margaret Harris explores the findings of a recent survey that asked physics students to share their career concerns and aspirations

Lighting up the world

Jon Cartwright explores how to bring light to the 1.5 billion people without electric lighting

Unveiling your secret superpower

There's more to light than first meets the eye, says David Shane

One step from Earth

Richard Corfield reports on plans to mine the Moon

Opinion

Fight over light

Robert P Crease examines why Goethe so savagely attacked Newton's views on optics

Fostering talent

Abraham Loeb on how to nurture promising students before they have made their discoveries

Meet the kaleidoholics

Robert P Crease stumbles into the incredible world of a "philosophical toy" that’s 200 years old

Quantum-inspired art

Robert P Crease drops in on an exhibition exploring how quantum physics inspires graphic artists

Shutdowns and start-ups

Robert P Crease on the meaning of ceremonies we hold for labs that are closing down

Reviews

Albert and Erwin: decline and fall

A fresh take on Erwin Schrödinger's later years in Ireland, reviewed by Denis Weaire

Bringing the quantum to life

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden's primer on quantum biology hits the mark with Marta Varela

A multiverse play divides opinion

Constellations has fun with the "many worlds" idea, but Robert P Crease isn't wholly convinced

Between the lines

Tasneem Zehra Husain's imaginative physics-history novel Only the Longest Threads and Peter Adey's ramble through Air: Nature and Culture, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Web life: International Year of Light 2015 Blog

Celebrating light, all year long