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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”

Web life: 94 Elements

A documentary film project about the chemical elements and how people interact with them

To the world's end, in 15 questions

A book full of questions about cosmology, reviewed by Virginia Trimble

Between the lines

An insider’s guide to the Curiosity rover, a history of fusion and a guide to difficult mathematical problems, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Too hot to handle

A book about the complex history of nuclear waste in the US, reviewed by Robert Hayes

Web life

A blog about alternative ways of measuring the impact of scientific papers

Explaining the second quantum revolution

Jonathan Jones finds much to appreciate in this experimentally-minded guide to quantum information theory