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Editor's choice

Mar 10, 2014

Download your free copy of our special issue "New ways to teach and learn physics", which is packed with the latest techniques, tips and trends in physics education

In depth: Culture, history & society

Gardening in space

Robert P Crease on the success story of a courgette in space

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou

Web life: Super Planet Crash

A simple game based on orbital dynamics is a "gateway drug" for learning more about exoplanet science

Scientific booms and busts

An investigation of scientific skills shortages, past and present, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines: mathematics special

Books that celebrate mathematics, from ancient Egypt to modern times, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The power and pitfalls of science advice

Edwin Cartlidge looks ahead to an international meeting of science advisers

Electricity, eels and evolution

The role of electric eels and other electrogenic animals in guiding early studies of electricity is revealed in this fascinating book, reviewed by Brian Rasnow

Web life: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Get up close and personal with the Moon thanks to this extensive online archive of lunar image data

A century of general relativity

An intellectual history of Einstein's general theory of relativity, reviewed by Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

Between the lines

Books about Shakespearian science and how to rebuild a scientific civilization after an apocalypse, plus a new take on "Powers of Ten", reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris

Mathematical bridges

Robert P Crease looks at a mathematics conference that could teach physicists a thing or two

Nanoethical concerns

Using nanotechnology to teach ethics has its pros and cons, finds Robert P Crease

Good scientists and honest people

A biography of one of the Manhattan Project's less-heralded physicists, reviewed by Andrew Robinson

Web life: Excursion Set

New Zealand-based theoretical cosmologist Richard Easther discusses big science stories and takes aim at bad science reporting in this personal blog

From the past, a fiery warning

A book about the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki and the lessons it holds for us today, reviewed by Hazel Rymer