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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


Visualizing the cosmos

A book of space-related infographics is "a marvel and a delight", according to reviewer Margaret Harris

Burned from the inside out

Susan Southard’s book about survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, reviewed by Brian Drummond

Between the lines

A hopeful book about climate change and a mathematician's account of his Fields-Medal-winning work, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The pioneers of weather forecasting

Met Office atmospheric physicist Susan Ballard finds it "stimulating" to read about some of her earliest predecessors

Quantum metaphors take the stage – again

A revival of Hapgood, Tom Stoppard's lesser-known "science play", gets Philip Ball thinking about how quantum theory has changed since the 1980s

The Soviet side of space

A major exhibition at the Science Museum in London brings together an impressive collection of Soviet technologies from the birth of the space age

Nature’s ups and downs

A history of one of the world’s most influential scientific journals is sound in the early years but leaves out some crucial modern developments, Peter Rodgers finds

Physics in the family

Autobiographies of the Nobel-prize-winning crystallographer William Lawrence Bragg, his wife and daughter reveal a family life full of science and love, writes Mark Spackman

Dripping with science

Alok Jha's tales of the enigmatic water molecule and all its many applications intrigue Helen Maynard-Casely

The great high-energy write-off

A forensically detailed analysis of what went wrong with the Superconducting Super Collider impresses reviewer Andrew Robinson

Between the lines

A smorgasbord of popular-science books for your end-of-year delectation, reviewed by Margaret Harris, Hamish Johnston and Tushna Commissariat

Trafficking in big ideas

Siobhan Roberts’ “unflinchingly honest” biography of John Horton Conway sets Arthur I Miller reflecting on the way mathematical geniuses think

Web life: DSFP’s Spaceflight History

A look at spaceflight's lesser-known stories with science writer David S F Portree

A dark day for dinosaurs

Lisa Randall's "entertaining and radical" speculations about dark matter and the dinosaurs intrigue reviewer Pete Edwards, but he's not fully convinced

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