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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

The restless rocks of Racetrack Playa

The rocks in California's Racetrack Playa are on the move, but how? Brian Jackson describes how he and his colleagues solved a decades-old mystery

The spin of a proton

Where does the spin of a proton come from? An answer to this deceptively simple question may finally be within reach, as Edwin Cartlidge reports

Subterranean science

Sean Paling and Stephen Sadler describe how deep underground labs are diversifying into areas such as astrobiology and earth sciences

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

Opinion

Black elephants

Robert P Crease tackles scientific rituals that we recognize but don't talk about

15 years and counting

Robert P Crease reflects on a decade and a half of the Physics World Critical Point column

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

Reviews

A quest for ultimate reality

An enlightening and deeply personal tour of some of the edgiest, most puzzling elements of modern cosmology, reviewed by Melanie Windridge

Between the lines

A subtle and fiendish collection of physics problems and a geophysical journey that revels in unusual connections, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Web life: Condensed Concepts

A blog about research in the messy-but-fascinating middle ground between condensed-matter physics, physical chemistry and molecular biology

The cradle of modern science

Steven Weinberg's latest book offers rich insights on the history of science, but reviewer Paul Montgomery finds its treatment of philosophy frustrating

Tinker, tailor, physicist, spy?

Was Bruno Pontecorvo a Soviet spy, or just a naive nuclear physicist caught up in a bigger drama? Simone Turchetti weighs up the evidence in Frank Close's new book