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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: Condensed matter

Vital forces

A rare popular-science book on biophysics, reviewed by Richard Jones

Soft matter's charismatic pioneer

A biography of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, now available in English translation, reviewed by Tom McLeish

Web life

Ask Nature: a whole website devoted to biomimicry and its many applications

Starting from scratch

Mehdi Yazdanpanah describes how he turned $500 and one great idea from his PhD research into a successful small business

Walking on water

Stephen Ornes reports on how pond skaters move across water

Between the lines

Books about sand, paradoxes in physics and an ill-fated polar expedition, reviewed by Margaret Harris

One amazing moment

Robert P Crease reveals this year's under-the-radar centenary

Web life

Celebrating the physics of all that flows

Between the lines

Books about the physics of summer and winter sports, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

Books on bubble physics, quantum exiles and arty photos of particle accelerators, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Cocktail physics

Naveen N Sinha and David A Weitz reveal the science behind this tasty topic

Cooking up a storm

Peter Barham reviews Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

Uplifting thoughts

Ted Forgan reviews Rising Force: the Magic of Magnetic Levitation by James Livingston

Neutrons for the future at the Institut Laue-Langevin

Andrew Harrison talks about how the Grenoble lab hopes to maintain its world-class position

Leading by example

Robert P Crease pays tribute to President Bush's late science adviser John Marburger