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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

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

Once a physicist: Mark Levinson

Physicist-turned-film-director Mark Levinson describes how making a documentary about the discovery of the Higgs boson took him back to his scientific roots

Between the lines

A biopic of Stephen Hawking and a daily calendar of mathematical reflections, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris

To infinity, beyond and back again

Space-travel film Interstellar awes our reviewer Tushna Commissariat with an epic plot and breath-taking effects, but what about the science?

Literature of the lab

Robert P Crease wants your picks for the best fiction books set in physics labs

A cabinet of invisible curiosities

Philip Ball's book on the science – and superstition – of invisibility through the ages, reviewed by Ulf Leonhardt

Social physics and antisocial science

An accessible overview of Sandy Pentland's work on the physics of social networks, reviewed by Martin Zaltz Austwick

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Elegant constructions

A beautifully illustrated book of essays on geometry, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Artistic influences

Modern collaborations between artists and scientists come under Arthur I Miller's microscope in his book Colliding Worlds, reviewed by Dan Falk

Listening to the world

Acoustical physicist Philippe Blondel sings the praises of Sonic Wonderland, a book dedicated to the science of sound

Web life: The Fictional Aether

A combative and cynical blog that gleefully skewers high-minded attitudes about how science works

3000 years of questions

An argument for reconnecting science with its philosophic, artistic and theological roots, reviewed by John Singleton

A little help from the crowd

Jon Cartwright looks at how physicists are using crowdfunding to back research as well as commercial projects

Bell's theorem still tolls

Robert P Crease marks 50 years of the famous proof of entanglement in quantum physics