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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 on debunking scientific misinformation and a guide to scientific writing, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Another giant leap

The story of a group of women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the early days of rocketry draws both praise and criticism from Lisa Ruth Rand

Web life: Universe Awareness

The Universe Awareness project aims to bring the beauty and grandeur of the cosmos into the classroom for children aged four to 10

China’s tunnel vision

A new book makes a compelling case for building the next big particle collider in China, but Richard de Grijs can’t help wondering who its real audience is

Web life: Gravity and Levity

Tackling the big ideas in physics in a deep but often mathematically simple way

A space–time operetta

Janna Levin’s Black Hole Blues describes the search for gravitational waves in a fun and human fashion, but Mark Hannam thinks the topic deserves more

Between the lines

A scientific biopic of Srinivasa Ramanujan, atomic sabotage in wartime Norway, and a journey to the centre of the Sun, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris

Cloudships in our future

This lively book about geoengineering delves deeply into the science and history of fighting climate change with technology, finds Ian Randall

Web life: dy/dan

Dan Meyer’s blog about mathematics education contains lessons for physics teachers, too

Riffing on the universe

Jazz musician and theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander brings a fresh perspective to links between science and music, writes Trevor Cox

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