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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

In depth: Atomic, molecular & optical physics

The spot in the shadow

Robert P Crease shows just how hard it can be to assign credit for a scientific discovery

Shedding new light on old art

Martin Fischer shows the benefits for the art world of the laser-based technique of pump–probe microscopy

Between the lines

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

What is time?

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

Explaining the second quantum revolution

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

Redefining temperature

Michael de Podesta reveals how he has measured temperature more accurately than ever before

The secret of life

David Jenkins and Oliver Kirsebom explore the mysterious nuclear energy level of carbon-12 that made life possible

ESP and LSD on the CIA's dime

Andrew Whitaker reviews David Kaiser's How the Hippies Saved Physics

Physics for students, not poets

Brian Clegg reviews Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill's Quantum Physics for Poets

Between the lines

A new biography of Stephen Hawking and a history of radioactivity, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Let there be a year of light

Luisa Cifarelli calls for 2015 to be the International Year of Light

Between the lines: Christmas special

Books on time travel, calculus, science experiments for children and more, reviewed by Margaret Harris, Matin Durrani and Tushna Commissariat

Between the lines

Books on fundamental constants and the "science of wonder", plus a comic-book guide to the universe, reviewed by Matin Durrani and Margaret Harris

Neutron target station takes the heat

Michael Banks looks at a novel approach to cooling the proton target at the European Spallation Source

The flawed multiverse

Alastair Rae reviews The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch