ISSUE 1. 2014/15


02 Update

08 Extra Curricular

11 The Strong Room

12 Cloistered


14 Market economy The Great Recession may be over, but challenges to traditional economic thinking continue

20 Head in the clouds The universe has inspired wonder in mankind through the ages – but why?

26 R is for reading Professor John Mullan reflects on life lived through, and in, books

32 Back to the future In the 21st century, geeks rule. No wonder, then, that science fiction is thriving

36 On beauty The eye of the beholder is important, yes, but it’s not  the only factor. We explore the science

Front cover: A butcher pictured in front of his shop in Queen’s Market, a historic street market in the London borough of Newham

Editor: Mira Katbamna
Commissioning Editor: Steve McGrath
Art Director: Zoë Bather
Project Director: Catherine Middleton
Project Manager: Helen Bradley

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