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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

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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

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 ├śrsted, reviewed by Anja Skaar Jacobsen