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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 quantum game of life

Can our universe be modelled as a giant computer? Pablo Arrighi and Jonathan Grattage describe recent advances in the "digital physics" project

Web life

Universe Sandbox: an interactive space simulator that allows you to build your own solar system, fling asteroids at the Earth and send a teapot into orbit

The cat that never dies

Robert P Crease explains the enduring fascination with Schrödinger's cat

Between the lines

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

Quirks of memory

Graham Farmelo reviews Einstein Wrote Back: My Life in Physics by John Moffat

Between the lines

Books on extrasolar planets and smart thinking using mathematics, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Relativity's new revolution

David Appell explains why rogue black holes could be cannonballing through the universe

The flawed multiverse

Alastair Rae reviews The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch

A scientist, not a cartoon

Arthur I Miller reviews Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science by Lawrence Krauss

Mobile phones, but no jet packs

Michael Dennin reviews The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics by James Kakalios

Seeking advice

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

Creating Gyrangle

Robert P Crease is enthralled by an exotic structure made of 490 hollowed-out triangles

Exciting structures

Len Fisher reviews Mark Denny's new book "Super Structures" – all you need to know about trusses

Web life

Physics and cake

Knowledge from a vast effort

Rasmus Benestad looks at the link between computer models, politics and global warming