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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

Reviews

Between the lines

A book about the benefits of failure in science, plus a thoughtful history of earthquakes, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

An eloquent defence of string theory and a mathematical analysis of luck and chance, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Making space for nonlocality

George Musser’s new book reveals that nonlocality is more than just "spooky action at a distance", as James Millen learns

Web life: The Physics Mill

Can’t get enough gravitational waves? Check out Jonah Miller’s blog about numerical relativity for an in-depth look at their theoretical side

Stand out in the scientific job market

Books of advice on turning a PhD into a job and networking your way to scientific stardom meet with approval from Marc J Kuchner

‘Big science’ begins

A book on how Ernest Lawrence and his cyclotrons pioneered a new way of doing science, reviewed by David Wark

Web life: Nuclear Hitchhiker

A student-run blog about nuclear energy, safety and policy

How black holes saved relativity

Marcia Bartusiak’s "exquisitely clear explanations" earn the plaudits of reviewer Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in this black-hole history

Between the lines

A book that fills in the gaps in your astronomy education and an illuminating biography of Max Planck, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Visualizing the cosmos

A book of space-related infographics is "a marvel and a delight", according to reviewer Margaret Harris

Burned from the inside out

Susan Southard’s book about survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, reviewed by Brian Drummond

Between the lines

A hopeful book about climate change and a mathematician's account of his Fields-Medal-winning work, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The pioneers of weather forecasting

Met Office atmospheric physicist Susan Ballard finds it "stimulating" to read about some of her earliest predecessors

Quantum metaphors take the stage – again

A revival of Hapgood, Tom Stoppard's lesser-known "science play", gets Philip Ball thinking about how quantum theory has changed since the 1980s

The Soviet side of space

A major exhibition at the Science Museum in London brings together an impressive collection of Soviet technologies from the birth of the space age