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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

Nuclear power’s ups and downs

A timely book on the history of the UK nuclear power industry, reviewed by Geoff Vaughan

Thinking big thoughts

Vlatko Vedral is wowed by cosmologist Sean Carroll’s paean to "poetic naturalism" and the ability of science to bring meaning to the world

Between the lines

A book of mathematical detective stories (yes, really) and a graphics-heavy guide to "science, but not as we know it", reviewed by Margaret Harris

In praise of Descartes

Robert P Crease tackles Steven Weinberg’s criticisms of René Descartes

A physical feast

Mystified by modernist cuisine? Margaret Harris reviews a book that takes culinary physics "out of the lab and into your kitchen"

Fang Lizhi, physicist and dissident

A newly translated memoir has Richard McCray reflecting on the legacy of a renowned Chinese astrophysicist

Between the lines

A book on debunking scientific misinformation and a guide to scientific writing, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Another giant leap

The story of a group of women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the early days of rocketry draws both praise and criticism from Lisa Ruth Rand

Web life: Universe Awareness

The Universe Awareness project aims to bring the beauty and grandeur of the cosmos into the classroom for children aged four to 10

See like a solar system

Robert P Crease discusses what the science of the solar system teaches us about perception

Pathway to Planet Nine

Konstantin Batygin explains what led him and astronomer Mike Brown to propose the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system

China’s tunnel vision

A new book makes a compelling case for building the next big particle collider in China, but Richard de Grijs can’t help wondering who its real audience is

Web life: Gravity and Levity

Tackling the big ideas in physics in a deep but often mathematically simple way

A space–time operetta

Janna Levin’s Black Hole Blues describes the search for gravitational waves in a fun and human fashion, but Mark Hannam thinks the topic deserves more

Between the lines

A scientific biopic of Srinivasa Ramanujan, atomic sabotage in wartime Norway, and a journey to the centre of the Sun, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris