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Editor's choice

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

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

Between the lines

Brian Cox's venture into the life sciences and a travel guide to the Northern Lights reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

Web life

NASA's Trajectory Browser site lets you plan your own mission to a planet or asteroid

Sounding out the Sun

Introducing a new work of art called a solar wind chime

Life among the MERtians

What's it like to work on Mars? Stephen J Pyne reviews an anthropologist's account of the team behind the Mars Exploration Rovers

Thinking big about the future

Kirstin Matthews and Padraig Moloney argue for more basic science spending

Another side of black holes

A book about the links between black holes, galaxy formation and the distribution of matter in the universe, reviewed by Kulvinder Singh Chadha