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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

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

A space cowboy's tale

James Dacey reviews an imaginative film about astronaut Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the Moon"

Web life: Science Salsa

A blog about communicating science in English and Spanish

A classy look through mathematics

Alex Bellos's engaging book investigates how mathematical laws and properties manifest themselves in the real world, says reviewer Dean Burnett

Between the lines

Books about amazing everyday materials, big-seers and the atomic age, reviewed by Margaret Harris