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Mar 10, 2014

Download your free copy of our special issue "New ways to teach and learn physics", which is packed with the latest techniques, tips and trends in physics education

Opinion

Mathematical bridges

Robert P Crease looks at a mathematics conference that could teach physicists a thing or two

Nanoethical concerns

Using nanotechnology to teach ethics has its pros and cons, finds Robert P Crease

Why don't they listen?

Robert P Crease reckons he knows why science has lost its authority among politicians

Patenting science

Do patents hinder fundamental research? Robert P Crease wants your view

Feynman's failings

Why, asks Robert P Crease, do people still love Richard Feynman's Lectures on Physics 50 years after they were first published?

The spot in the shadow

Robert P Crease shows just how hard it can be to assign credit for a scientific discovery

Moving the goalposts


Robert P Crease finds that a new book on string theory offers progress for the philosophy of science

Longing for Laputa

Robert P Crease wonders whether scientists shouldn't rule the world after all

Deciding with science

Robert P Crease wonders why scientific input to important policy issues is so often ignored when it's actually critical

Raising funds to support physics

Peter Knight calls for your help to expand the work of the Institute of Physics

Dramatizing science

Robert P Crease finds that writing a play about science – even a short one – is harder than it seems

Just-in-time physics

Robert P Crease sees if it's possible to study physics by learning only what you need to finish a project

The Treiman effect

Robert P Crease praises the clear thinking of the late Princeton theorist Sam Treiman

The new idols

Robert P Crease wonders who would today be on Francis Bacon's list of "idols" that hamper our study of nature

Diversifying physics

MIT students and faculty believe that diversity is the key to success