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The world of physics in 2015

Find out more about the key physics events of the coming year – and those we predict might happen

Our favourite pictures of 2014

From interstellar dust and galactic dirt to cracking oysters and educational doodles

Physics World's 2014 Book of the Year honours materials that matter

Mark Miodownik's love letter to materials science comes first in a strong shortlist

Multimedia highlights of 2014

From detecting landmines to the art of quantum kung fu

In depth

Literature of the lab

Robert P Crease wants your picks for the best fiction books set in physics labs

A cabinet of invisible curiosities

Philip Ball's book on the science – and superstition – of invisibility through the ages, reviewed by Ulf Leonhardt

Social physics and antisocial science

An accessible overview of Sandy Pentland's work on the physics of social networks, reviewed by Martin Zaltz Austwick

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris