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Dec 11, 2014

Our Special Report, which you can read free online, reviews how India is building on its Mars success story

Reviews

A cabinet of invisible curiosities

Philip Ball's book on the science – and superstition – of invisibility through the ages, reviewed by Ulf Leonhardt

Social physics and antisocial science

An accessible overview of Sandy Pentland's work on the physics of social networks, reviewed by Martin Zaltz Austwick

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Elegant constructions

A beautifully illustrated book of essays on geometry, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Artistic influences

Modern collaborations between artists and scientists come under Arthur I Miller's microscope in his book Colliding Worlds, reviewed by Dan Falk

A strong model, with flaws

John Moffat's survey of the history, achievements and flaws of the Standard Model of particle physics, reviewed by Sabine Hossenfelder

Listening to the world

Acoustical physicist Philippe Blondel sings the praises of Sonic Wonderland, a book dedicated to the science of sound

A lucky, but lonely, planet

Is life on other planets common? Or are we alone in the universe? Duncan Forgan evaluates a book that argues that Earth is the exception, not the rule

Web life: The Fictional Aether

A combative and cynical blog that gleefully skewers high-minded attitudes about how science works

3000 years of questions

An argument for reconnecting science with its philosophic, artistic and theological roots, reviewed by John Singleton

Between the lines

A collection of essays about "surprising science" and a primer on quantum entanglement, cryptography and nonlocality, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Stalin's scientists

A multifaceted portrait of scientific life in the Soviet Union, reviewed by Asif Siddiqi

Web life: Particle Clicker

Build your own simulated particle-physics experiment, one mouse click at a time

Unearthing Newton's papers

The fate of Isaac Newton's manuscripts after his death provides an interesting footnote to the great scientist's life, according to Matin Durrani

Between the lines

A book about the 1815 Tambora eruption and its effect on climate, plus a documentary film about Bruno Pontecorvo, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat