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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

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

The quantum century

Kenneth W Ford reviews The Quantum Story: a History in 40 Moments by Jim Baggott

Cloaking space–time

Martin McCall and Paul Kinsler introduce the "event cloak" – perfect for the ultimate bank heist

3D TV without glasses

Wondering why you can watch a Nintendo 3DS without glasses? Jonathan Mather reveals all

Keeping a close eye on the future

President of the Optical Society of America, Christopher Dainty, on the future of optics

Optical sensors boost space science

Hamish Johnston explores how space science and cellular biology are proving profitable areas for optics firms

Optoelectronics: a green explosion

"Green" photonics is good for the planet and for profits, discovers Richard Stevenson

Seeking advice

Looking for a job? Margaret Harris sees what help is at hand for physics graduates finding their way in the job market

Anton Zeilinger: a quantum pioneer

On why children should be exposed to quantum mechanics from an early age