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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: Culture, history & society

Latin America's sciencitific 'magic'

A book of essays on scientific successes and failures in Latin America, reviewed by Ronald Cintra Shellard

Web life: The Conversation

A multi-country mega-blog that takes academic discourse into the mainstream

An interstellar culture clash

Jennifer Ouellette ponders the scientific and political messages of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem

Between the lines

Sun-centred poetry, an insider's view of dark matter research and a tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

15 years and counting

Robert P Crease reflects on a decade and a half of the Physics World Critical Point column

Web life: Restricted Data: the Nuclear Secrecy Blog

Digging up the dirt on the early nuclear age

Albert and Erwin: decline and fall

A fresh take on Erwin Schrödinger's later years in Ireland, reviewed by Denis Weaire

Fight over light

Robert P Crease examines why Goethe so savagely attacked Newton's views on optics

Fostering talent

Abraham Loeb on how to nurture promising students before they have made their discoveries

Filling the world with light

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura on winning the prize and what comes next

Your career questions answered

Margaret Harris explores the findings of a recent survey that asked physics students to share their career concerns and aspirations

Meet the kaleidoholics

Robert P Crease stumbles into the incredible world of a "philosophical toy" that’s 200 years old

A multiverse play divides opinion

Constellations has fun with the "many worlds" idea, but Robert P Crease isn't wholly convinced

Between the lines

Tasneem Zehra Husain's imaginative physics-history novel Only the Longest Threads and Peter Adey's ramble through Air: Nature and Culture, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Lighting up the world

Jon Cartwright explores how to bring light to the 1.5 billion people without electric lighting