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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

The Master's route

A Master's degree in physics can open many doors, but is it the right step for your career? Alaina G Levine explores the options

Between the lines

Insights on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, sci-fi from Indian astrophysicist Jayant V Narlikar and an overview of the cosmic microwave background

A physicist's sense of beauty

Frank Wilzcek's ability to see things differently is a "true and compelling reason" to read his latest book, according to Philip Ball

Individual recognition

Sahal Yacoob describes how a "target culture" can cause problems when applied to academia

The wealth of nations

Physicist César Hidalgo's argument for an information-centric view of economic growth is "wildly fresh and creative", says reviewer Mark Buchanan

Between the lines

Books about the science of keeping things cool and a security breach at one of America's premier nuclear-weapons facilities, plus a DVD featuring some very nerdy science comedy

Looking back on the H-bomb

A memoir by the physicist Kenneth Ford offers an "engagingly human glimpse" into the US physics community in the early 1950s, writes reviewer Richard Moore

Physics logos

Is there a logo that unifies all of physics, wonders Robert P Crease

The secret life of scientific ideas

How do great ideas in physics come about? Vitor Cardoso shares insights from his web-based project The Birth of an Idea

Between the lines

Books on household science, ambitious plans for living on Mars and the most important numbers in physics, reviewed by Margaret Harris

A very brief history of relativity

Reviewer Cormac O'Raifeartaigh enjoys this "beautifully written" account of the genesis of Einstein's greatest theory

Better science policy

Robert P Crease looks at an ambitious programme to improve how science policy is formulated

Curing the Curie complex

French physicist Hélène Langevin-Joliot – the granddaughter of Marie Curie – talks to Tushna Commissariat about the "Curie complex" and gives her own tips for scientific success

Between the lines

Books about single-crystal growth and some of history's most important science texts, reviewed by Peter Dryburgh and Margaret Harris

Web life: Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics

The venerable "journal club" concept is thriving in the online environment