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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


Collecting books

A collection of physics books is being sold to the American Institute of Physics for $5m, as Robert P Crease finds out

The business of physics

In this new series of columns, James McKenzie explores the value and relevance of physicists to industry

The dark side

Can you use databases to study the history of physics? Robert P Crease finds out

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

Serving the public

Congressman Bill Foster calls on more physicists to get involved at all levels of government and politics

Oh, America!

Robert P Crease identifies the main threat to the US's approach to scientific planning

Building bridges with the West

Fuchun Zhang on the challenges of attracting researchers to China

Whose cave is it?

Robert P Crease is unhappy about what some physicists think about Plato

Delivering on a quantum promise

Karl Svozil warns against overselling the long-term goals of quantum technology programmes

Of minds and marches

Despite an ambivalence for science marches, Robert P Crease reveals why he went on one

Entry denied

When Galileo was stopped at the US border, as Robert P Crease imagines it