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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


Introducing the higgson

Gordon Fraser and Michael Riordan explain why the Higgs boson should be called simply the "higgson"

Peter Higgs in the spotlight

Peter Higgs speaks to Physics World about his life in science and the search for the eponymous boson in a special audio interview

Quantum guidebooks

Robert P Crease surveys the many tour guides to the quantum world

Atmospheric tales

Robert P Crease asks why the discovery of Venus's atmosphere is still so controversial

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the case for space exploration

Grand visions for space "trigger a wave of innovation", says US astrophysicist

The cat that never dies

Robert P Crease explains the enduring fascination with Schrödinger's cat

Geoengineering: the pitfalls and politics

US geoscientist Ken Caldeira explains why he has reservations about tinkering with the climate

When the Earth's magnetic field flips

French geophysicist Vincent Courtillot discusses why the Earth's magnetic field occasionally flips

Lessons from Fukushima

Mike Weightman says improving nuclear safety should never stop


Robert P Crease bemoans the misuse of technical terms in science

Presidential pledges

Robert P Crease proposes pledges to help voters to evaluate US presidential candidates

Let there be a year of light

Luisa Cifarelli calls for 2015 to be the International Year of Light

The brave new-media world

Chad Orzel says physicists have to get used to doing science in the open

Mikhail who?

Robert P Crease marks the tercentenary of Russia's scientific father

How big is your footprint?

Phil Marshall says the onus is on physicists to reduce their own carbon footprint