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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

In depth: Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

The lure of G

Jon Cartwright finds out why physicists are still scratching their heads over the value of the gravitational constant, "big G"

Web life: Space Politics

A blog dedicated to the idea that "sometimes, the most important orbit is the Beltway"

Between the lines: film special

Gravity thrills, Particle Fever intrigues and Hawking proves surprisingly insightful – physics film reviews by Margaret Harris and Andrew Williams

Moving the goalposts


Robert P Crease finds that a new book on string theory offers progress for the philosophy of science

Planck perspectives

Peter Coles explains what the data from the Planck mission mean for cosmological theories

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

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

Between the lines

Books about the Fresnel lens and an unsung heroine of rocket science, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Can we unify quantum mechanics and gravity?

Sabine Hossenfelder has little doubt that we will be able to

What is time?

Adam Frank explains why the nature of time is such an enduring – and important – problem

Is life on Earth unique?

Ray Jayawardhana explores the possibility of life on other worlds

What is the nature of the dark universe?

Catherine Heymans takes a look at what we can’t see

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

Exploring the initial conditions

A book that links evolution and cosmic events, reviewed by Richard Corfield