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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


In praise of Descartes

Robert P Crease tackles Steven Weinberg’s criticisms of René Descartes

See like a solar system

Robert P Crease discusses what the science of the solar system teaches us about perception

Guarding integrity

Robert P Crease meets Marcia McNutt, the incoming president of the US National Academy of Sciences

Meet the topaholic

Robert P Crease visits a physicist with an unusual passion

Tetraquarks, pentaquarks and other giants of particle physics

MIT's Mike Williams explains how four or more quarks could join together to form exotic particles or even subatomic molecules

Storytelling matters

Robert P Crease considers how scientists can learn from the Passover storytelling ritual Seder

Diversifying utopia

Robert P Crease wonders why women played no part in Francis Bacon's New Atlantis

Peer review’s value

Robert P Crease on why trust and anonymity are so central to the success of peer review

A shining light for African science

Plans are afoot to build Africa's first ever light source. Sekazi Mtingwa calls for physicists to get behind the project

Throwing the book at bad ideas

Several eminent popular-science authors have claimed that bad scientific ideas “held back” good ones. In Philip Ball’s view, such arguments deny the reality of how science is done

Cooking Bacon

Has Francis Bacon been unfairly vilified, asks Robert P Crease

Individual recognition

Sahal Yacoob describes how a "target culture" can cause problems when applied to academia

Physics logos

Is there a logo that unifies all of physics, wonders Robert P Crease

Better science policy

Robert P Crease looks at an ambitious programme to improve how science policy is formulated

Lab lit revealed

Robert P Crease talks to the founder of a website devoted to literature about laboratories