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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


Finding the right boundaries

Roger Penrose’s book on “fashion, faith and fantasy” in physics asks excellent questions, but reviewer Chanda Prescod-Weinstein finds some of the answers wanting

Between the lines

Books about the science of cities and artificial intelligence, plus a film about Russia’s nuclear “closed city”, reviewed by Margaret Harris and James Dacey

Web life: Azimuth

The official blog of the Azimuth project, which promotes interdisciplinary work on climate change and environmental science

Adventures in search of auroras

This fascinating account of the Northern Lights taught reviewer (and space plasma physicist) Colin Forsyth a thing or two about aurora science

Between the lines

Books on the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens, the physics of golf and pioneering women in science, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The risks and rewards of radiation

Timothy Jorgensen’s book greatly contributes to removing the mystery and misunderstanding that surrounds radiation, writes reviewer Jun Deng

Nuclear power’s ups and downs

A timely book on the history of the UK nuclear power industry, reviewed by Geoff Vaughan

Thinking big thoughts

Vlatko Vedral is wowed by cosmologist Sean Carroll’s paean to "poetic naturalism" and the ability of science to bring meaning to the world

Between the lines

A book of mathematical detective stories (yes, really) and a graphics-heavy guide to "science, but not as we know it", reviewed by Margaret Harris

A physical feast

Mystified by modernist cuisine? Margaret Harris reviews a book that takes culinary physics "out of the lab and into your kitchen"

Fang Lizhi, physicist and dissident

A newly translated memoir has Richard McCray reflecting on the legacy of a renowned Chinese astrophysicist

Between the lines

A book on debunking scientific misinformation and a guide to scientific writing, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Another giant leap

The story of a group of women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the early days of rocketry draws both praise and criticism from Lisa Ruth Rand

Web life: Universe Awareness

The Universe Awareness project aims to bring the beauty and grandeur of the cosmos into the classroom for children aged four to 10

China’s tunnel vision

A new book makes a compelling case for building the next big particle collider in China, but Richard de Grijs can’t help wondering who its real audience is