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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: Statistical, mathematical & computational physics

The right questions

Robert P Crease links philosophy with optical creatures called brittlestars

A classy look through mathematics

Alex Bellos's engaging book investigates how mathematical laws and properties manifest themselves in the real world, says reviewer Dean Burnett

Gardening in space

Robert P Crease on the success story of a courgette in space

Between the lines: mathematics special

Books that celebrate mathematics, from ancient Egypt to modern times, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble

Mathematical bridges

Robert P Crease looks at a mathematics conference that could teach physicists a thing or two

Roll over, Boltzmann

Jon Cartwright examines whether a new form of entropy can revolutionize our understanding of disorder

Between the lines

Books about Einstein's quantum side and reductionism, reviewed by Margaret Harris

NSA keys into quantum computing

Jon Cartwright looks at what progress the US National Security Agency has made in cracking quantum cryptography codes

Mathematics and prejudice

Edward Frenkel's love letter to the mathematics that captivates him is "a book to read to be inspired to learn maths," writes reviewer William Gasarch

Classically quantum

Jon Cartwright explores a macroscale analogy of quantum mechanics

Can we unify quantum mechanics and gravity?

Sabine Hossenfelder has little doubt that we will be able to

Can we exploit the weirdness of quantum mechanics?

John Preskill says that harnessing quantum entanglement is key to making quantum computers

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

Explaining the second quantum revolution

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