## physics

Simone Biles stunned audiences at the 2016 Olympics with a move that appeared to defy gravity. Did it really? Two sports scientists explain the physics of the *Biles*.

This year's Nobel Prize for Physics brings together the physics of materials with one of our favourite areas of maths – *topology*. In this final article in a series, we asked Fiona Burnell to explain the maths behind the work, and how it may help lead to quicker and smaller electronics, and even the elusive quantum computer.

This year's Nobel Prize for Physics brings together the physics of materials with one of our favourite areas of maths – *topology*. This is the second in a series of articles where we asked Fiona Burnell to explain the maths behind the work, and how it may help lead to quicker and smaller electronics, and even the elusive quantum computer.

This year's Nobel Prize for Physics brings together the physics of materials with one of our favourite areas of maths – *topology*.

Our images of the week show four posters illustrating the beauty of physics. Feel free to download!

A talk by one of our favourite physicists about Einstein, relativity and gravitational waves.

Free kicks will deliver much of the drama in the football world cup this summer. But how should strikers approach them and how does the design on the ball impact on its behaviour in flight? Maths can give us answers...

Physicists love symmetry, but they get even more excited about symmetry breaking. They even believe that many of the features of the world we live in are a result of it. What do they mean by that?