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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

Stalin's scientists

A multifaceted portrait of scientific life in the Soviet Union, reviewed by Asif Siddiqi

Web life: Particle Clicker

Build your own simulated particle-physics experiment, one mouse click at a time

Unearthing Newton's papers

The fate of Isaac Newton's manuscripts after his death provides an interesting footnote to the great scientist's life, according to Matin Durrani

Between the lines

A book about the 1815 Tambora eruption and its effect on climate, plus a documentary film about Bruno Pontecorvo, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

The STEM shortage paradox

Industry is crying out for more people with scientific and technical skills. So why can't STEM graduates find enough jobs? Margaret Harris investigates

Celebrating the mind

Robert P Crease marks the centenary of the birth of Martin Gardner

A space cowboy's tale

James Dacey reviews an imaginative film about astronaut Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the Moon"

Web life: Science Salsa

A blog about communicating science in English and Spanish

The right questions

Robert P Crease links philosophy with optical creatures called brittlestars

Leadership required

As CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, Sharon Ann Holgate finds out what's expected of the lab's next director-general

A classy look through mathematics

Alex Bellos's engaging book investigates how mathematical laws and properties manifest themselves in the real world, says reviewer Dean Burnett

Between the lines

Books about amazing everyday materials, big-seers and the atomic age, reviewed by Margaret Harris

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