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Mar 10, 2014

Download your free copy of our special issue "New ways to teach and learn physics", which is packed with the latest techniques, tips and trends in physics education

Reviews

Web life: Space Politics

A blog dedicated to the idea that "sometimes, the most important orbit is the Beltway"

Rise and fall of an electrical genius

W Bernard Carlson's biography of Nikola Tesla begins well but descends along with its subject, according to reviewer David Goodstein

Mathematics and prejudice

Edward Frenkel's love letter to the mathematics that captivates him is "a book to read to be inspired to learn maths," writes reviewer William Gasarch

Between the lines: film special

Gravity thrills, Particle Fever intrigues and Hawking proves surprisingly insightful – physics film reviews by Margaret Harris and Andrew Williams

Fantastic Foods

A breathtakingly beautiful book of food photos by the physicist, entrepreneur and chef Nathan Myhrvold

Wrong turns and dead ends

Len Fisher reviews a book about the mistakes made by great scientists throughout history, including Darwin, Kelvin and Einstein

A romantic scientist

A "magnificent and superior" biography of the 19th-century Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted, reviewed by Anja Skaar Jacobsen

Between the lines: Christmas special

Books about the mathematics in The Simpsons, vanishing starry nights, medical physics, big questions and some very weird life forms, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat, Margaret Harris and Sharon Ann Holgate

Making sense of Oppenheimer

Ray Monk’s landmark biography of “father of the atomic bomb” J Robert Oppenheimer, reviewed by Robert P Crease

In search of the real Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking's new memoir, plus an anthropological study of how Hawking interacts with his colleagues and assistants, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Letting the sunshine in

A book about “sustainable” strategies for providing food and energy to a future population of nine billion, reviewed by Alison Walker

Web life: Empirical Zeal

A blog about physics and evolutionary biology that packs a quantitative punch

Politics or physics?

Gerard DeGroot reviews Churchill’s Bomb, Graham Farmelo’s new book on Winston Churchill and the atomic bomb project

Between the lines

Books about the Fresnel lens and an unsung heroine of rocket science, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The seven chemical wonders

Matin Durrani ponders a former BP chairman’s choices of “seven elements that have changed the world”