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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

Room at the bottom

A biography of Silicon Valley's "quiet revolutionary", Gordon Moore, gets Paul Michael Grant thinking about the future of Moore's eponymous law

Lab lit revealed

Robert P Crease talks to the founder of a website devoted to literature about laboratories

A quest for ultimate reality

An enlightening and deeply personal tour of some of the edgiest, most puzzling elements of modern cosmology, reviewed by Melanie Windridge

Between the lines

A subtle and fiendish collection of physics problems and a geophysical journey that revels in unusual connections, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The cradle of modern science

Steven Weinberg's latest book offers rich insights on the history of science, but reviewer Paul Montgomery finds its treatment of philosophy frustrating

Tinker, tailor, physicist, spy?

Was Bruno Pontecorvo a Soviet spy, or just a naive nuclear physicist caught up in a bigger drama? Simone Turchetti weighs up the evidence in Frank Close's new book

Black elephants

Robert P Crease tackles scientific rituals that we recognize but don't talk about

Latin America's scientific '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