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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


A quest for ultimate reality

An enlightening and deeply personal tour of some of the edgiest, most puzzling elements of modern cosmology, reviewed by Melanie Windridge

Between the lines

A subtle and fiendish collection of physics problems and a geophysical journey that revels in unusual connections, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Web life: Condensed Concepts

A blog about research in the messy-but-fascinating middle ground between condensed-matter physics, physical chemistry and molecular biology

The cradle of modern science

Steven Weinberg's latest book offers rich insights on the history of science, but reviewer Paul Montgomery finds its treatment of philosophy frustrating

Tinker, tailor, physicist, spy?

Was Bruno Pontecorvo a Soviet spy, or just a naive nuclear physicist caught up in a bigger drama? Simone Turchetti weighs up the evidence in Frank Close's new book

Latin America's scientific 'magic'

A book of essays on scientific successes and failures in Latin America, reviewed by Ronald Cintra Shellard

Web life: The Conversation

A multi-country mega-blog that takes academic discourse into the mainstream

An interstellar culture clash

Jennifer Ouellette ponders the scientific and political messages of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem

Between the lines

Sun-centred poetry, an insider's view of dark matter research and a tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

Between the lines

Mathematical doodles, the "new space" era and a pocket guide to astronomy, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Web life: Restricted Data: the Nuclear Secrecy Blog

Digging up the dirt on the early nuclear age

Albert and Erwin: decline and fall

A fresh take on Erwin Schrödinger's later years in Ireland, reviewed by Denis Weaire

Bringing the quantum to life

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden's primer on quantum biology hits the mark with Marta Varela

A multiverse play divides opinion

Constellations has fun with the "many worlds" idea, but Robert P Crease isn't wholly convinced

Between the lines

Tasneem Zehra Husain's imaginative physics-history novel Only the Longest Threads and Peter Adey's ramble through Air: Nature and Culture, reviewed by Margaret Harris