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Mar 10, 2014

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Reviews

The problem of missile defence

Rebecca Slayton's book Arguments that Count has implications that stretch far beyond Cold War history, according to reviewer Philip Webber

All alone in the universe?

Jack Lissauer reviews Lee Billings' Five Billion Years of Solitude, a collection of stories about exoplanet science

Web life: Mahalo.ne.Trash

Astronomer John Johnson shares his thoughts on science, culture and family life in this oddly titled personal blog

Edible lasers and death rays

Jeff Hecht reviews an "old-fashioned cabinet of wonders" from the field of optics and photonics

Between the lines

Books about Einstein's quantum side and reductionism, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Hunting for neutrinos

Neutrino science gets a turn in the popular-physics limelight as Brian Clegg reviews an accessible new account of the field's history

Web life: electrolights

A blog about the physics of everyday (and not-so-everyday) things

We are bound by symmetry

The Universe in the Rearview Mirror is an "engaging tour of much that constitutes modern physics" with symmetry at its heart, says Matthew R Francis

Between the lines

Educational books about quantum mechanics, scientific writing and physics projects for children, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Plutopia forever

Alexei Kojevnikov reviews a book about the toxic legacy and complex history of the American and Soviet plutonium programmes

Web life: Astro EDU

An online database of astronomy-themed educational activities

From Euclid to Einstein

Practising scientists may welcome a new "guided translation" of Newton's Principia despite some significant flaws, says Patricia Fara

Web life: Voices of the Manhattan Project

An archive of audio and video interviews with people who participated in the atomic bomb project during the Second World War

Between the lines

Books about the physics community in Nazi Germany, the roots of radio astronomy and a whole lot of nothing, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Alices in a nuclear Wonderland

Historian Kate Brown reviews the fascinating but incomplete story of women who worked at the Oak Ridge uranium-processing plant during the Second World War