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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

Technology whose time has come

Joshua Pearce describes how open-source appropriate technology is bringing simple and life-changing devices to people all over the world

Moving the goalposts


Robert P Crease finds that a new book on string theory offers progress for the philosophy of science

Fantastic Foods

A breathtakingly beautiful book of food photos by the physicist, entrepreneur and chef Nathan Myhrvold

Longing for Laputa

Robert P Crease wonders whether scientists shouldn't rule the world after all

Shedding new light on old art

Martin Fischer shows the benefits for the art world of the laser-based technique of pump–probe microscopy

A flame of ambition: Caroline Harper

Sightsavers chief executive and physics graduate Caroline Harper on blinding trachoma, impostor syndrome and how her father’s death spurred her career change

Wrong turns and dead ends

Len Fisher reviews a book about the mistakes made by great scientists throughout history, including Darwin, Kelvin and Einstein

A romantic scientist

A "magnificent and superior" biography of the 19th-century Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted, reviewed by Anja Skaar Jacobsen

Between the lines: Christmas special

Books about the mathematics in The Simpsons, vanishing starry nights, medical physics, big questions and some very weird life forms, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat, Margaret Harris and Sharon Ann Holgate

Making sense of Oppenheimer

Ray Monk’s landmark biography of “father of the atomic bomb” J Robert Oppenheimer, reviewed by Robert P Crease

In search of the real Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking's new memoir, plus an anthropological study of how Hawking interacts with his colleagues and assistants, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Letting the sunshine in

A book about “sustainable” strategies for providing food and energy to a future population of nine billion, reviewed by Alison Walker

Web life: Empirical Zeal

A blog about physics and evolutionary biology that packs a quantitative punch

Politics or physics?

Gerard DeGroot reviews Churchill’s Bomb, Graham Farmelo’s new book on Winston Churchill and the atomic bomb project

Between the lines

Books about the Fresnel lens and an unsung heroine of rocket science, reviewed by Margaret Harris