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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

Between the lines

A dual biography of Faraday and Maxwell, an insider's tale of the Higgs hunt and a flawed study of the physics of warfare, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Nanoscience debate rages on

Jon Cartwright looks at the debate surrounding "stripy nanoparticles"

Why don't they listen?

Robert P Crease reckons he knows why science has lost its authority among politicians

The problem of missile defence

Rebecca Slayton's book Arguments that Count has implications that stretch far beyond Cold War history, according to reviewer Philip Webber

All alone in the universe?

Jack Lissauer reviews Lee Billings' Five Billion Years of Solitude, a collection of stories about exoplanet science

Web life: Mahalo.ne.Trash

Astronomer John Johnson shares his thoughts on science, culture and family life in this oddly titled personal blog

The drop heard round the world

Shane D Bergin, Stefan Hutzler and Denis Weaire describe how a funnel full of pitch became a media sensation

Patenting science

Do patents hinder fundamental research? Robert P Crease wants your view

Edible lasers and death rays

Jeff Hecht reviews an "old-fashioned cabinet of wonders" from the field of optics and photonics

Between the lines

Books about Einstein's quantum side and reductionism, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Hunting for neutrinos

Neutrino science gets a turn in the popular-physics limelight as Brian Clegg reviews an accessible new account of the field's history

Web life: electrolights

A blog about the physics of everyday (and not-so-everyday) things

The power of silence

Felicity Mellor explains why today's physicists need time and space to think

Feynman's failings

Why, asks Robert P Crease, do people still love Richard Feynman's Lectures on Physics 50 years after they were first published?

Between the lines

Educational books about quantum mechanics, scientific writing and physics projects for children, reviewed by Margaret Harris