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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

Theorist Mary Gaillard’s memoir of life at CERN in the 1960s sparkles with insights, while an overview of the hunt for the rarest metals on Earth fails to deliver the goods

Web life: Astrobites

A blog where astronomy PhD students write bite-sized summaries of recent astronomy papers for undergraduates

Between the lines

Insights on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, sci-fi from Indian astrophysicist Jayant V Narlikar and an overview of the cosmic microwave background

A physicist's sense of beauty

Frank Wilzcek's ability to see things differently is a "true and compelling reason" to read his latest book, according to Philip Ball

Web life: Cosmic Yarns

A cosmologist blogs about science fiction and the scientific questions it raises

The wealth of nations

Physicist César Hidalgo's argument for an information-centric view of economic growth is "wildly fresh and creative", says reviewer Mark Buchanan

Between the lines

Books about the science of keeping things cool and a security breach at one of America's premier nuclear-weapons facilities, plus a DVD featuring some very nerdy science comedy

Looking back on the H-bomb

A memoir by the physicist Kenneth Ford offers an "engagingly human glimpse" into the US physics community in the early 1950s, writes reviewer Richard Moore

An insidious and ubiquitous menace

A book about corrosion and the herculean efforts to combat it is "absorbing and interesting" but short on satisfying science, say reviewers Michael Hunt and Lidija Šiller

Web life: EGU Network blogs

A collection of geology, geophysics and earth science blogs written by (mostly) European geoscientists

Unique, but not exceptional

A book that characterizes life on Earth as "special but not significant" gets Tamara Davis thinking about the interconnectedness of the cosmos

Between the lines

Books on household science, ambitious plans for living on Mars and the most important numbers in physics, reviewed by Margaret Harris

A very brief history of relativity

Reviewer Cormac O'Raifeartaigh enjoys this "beautifully written" account of the genesis of Einstein's greatest theory

Between the lines

Books about single-crystal growth and some of history's most important science texts, reviewed by Peter Dryburgh and Margaret Harris

Web life: Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics

The venerable "journal club" concept is thriving in the online environment