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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

In depth: Statistical, mathematical & computational physics

Web life: Ice Flows

Guide penguins to their Antarctic feeding grounds and learn about the behaviour of ice sheets in the Ice Flows game

Is the universe a sponge?

J Richard Gott’s book on the large-scale topology of the universe goes beyond a “Cosmology 101” pseudo-history, writes Martin Bucher

Between the lines

An analysis of science under Stalin and a memoir/stargazing guide with a difference, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

Books about the science of cities and artificial intelligence, plus a film about Russia’s nuclear “closed city”, reviewed by Margaret Harris and James Dacey

Web life: Azimuth

The official blog of the Azimuth project, which promotes interdisciplinary work on climate change and environmental science

Between the lines

Books on the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens, the physics of golf and pioneering women in science, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

A book of mathematical detective stories (yes, really) and a graphics-heavy guide to "science, but not as we know it", reviewed by Margaret Harris

Web life: Gravity and Levity

Tackling the big ideas in physics in a deep but often mathematically simple way

Maths meets myths

Ralph Kenna and Pádraig Mac Carron describe how they used techniques from statistical physics to provide new insights into the Sagas of Icelanders

Web life: dy/dan

Dan Meyer’s blog about mathematics education contains lessons for physics teachers, too

Riffing on the universe

Jazz musician and theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander brings a fresh perspective to links between science and music, writes Trevor Cox

Zombie physics

Stephen Ornes reports how two students modelled brain-eating monsters to spice up their class project

Between the lines

An eloquent defence of string theory and a mathematical analysis of luck and chance, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Making space for nonlocality

George Musser’s new book reveals that nonlocality is more than just "spooky action at a distance", as James Millen learns

Web life: The Physics Mill

Can’t get enough gravitational waves? Check out Jonah Miller’s blog about numerical relativity for an in-depth look at their theoretical side