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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

The life of psi

Jon Cartwright explores whether wavefunctions are physically real

Web life

A website full of beautiful and intriguing MRI scans of, er, fruits and vegetables

The knotted strands of life

Davide Marenduzzo and colleagues explore the physics of DNA knots

Web life

A Web-based repository of teaching tools and other resources on quantum mechanics

An iconoclast's career

A new biography of Freeman Dyson, reviewed by Philip Anderson

Between the lines

Books on mathematics and Albert Einstein's practical side, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The quantum moment

Robert P Crease on why quantum mechanics is now as culturally significant as Newtonian mechanics

In praise of weakness

Aephraim Steinberg and colleagues describe how "weak measurements" are transforming our knowledge of the quantum world

The secret of life

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

Identity physics

Robert P Crease wants your new quantum metaphors

A strange cat in Dublin

A new biography of Erwin Schrödinger, reviewed by Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

Web life

Celebrating the physics of all that flows

ESP and LSD on the CIA's dime

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

Peter Higgs in the spotlight

Peter Higgs speaks to Physics World about his life in science and the search for the eponymous boson in a special audio interview

Financial weaponry

Steve Hsu reviews George Szpiro's Pricing the Future