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Physics World
Editor Matin Durrani
Categories Science
Frequency monthly
Circulation 50000 (2013)
First issue 1988
Company IOP Publishing Ltd
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
ISSN 0953-8585

Physics World is the membership magazine of the Institute of Physics, one of the largest physical societies in the world. It is an international monthly magazine covering all areas of physics, pure and applied, and is aimed at physicists in research, industry and education worldwide.

It was launched in 1988 by IOP Publishing Ltd, under the founding editorship of Philip Campbell, and has established itself as one of the world's leading physics magazines. The magazine is sent free to members of the Institute of Physics, who can access a digital edition of the magazine; selected articles can be read by anyone for free online. It was redesigned in September 2005 and has an audited circulation of just under 35000.

The editor is Matin Durrani. Others on the team are Dens Milne (associate editor), Michael Banks (news editor), Louise Mayor (features editor) and Margaret Harris (reviews and careers editor). Hamish Johnston is the editor of the magazine's website and Tushna Commissariat is its reporter. James Dacey is multimedia projects editor.


The magazine makes two awards each year. These are the Physics World Breakthrough of the Year and the Physics World Book of the Year, which have both been awarded annually since 2009.

Breakthrough of the Year[edit]

The 2012 Breakthrough of the Year award was given "to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN for their joint discovery of a Higgs-like particle at the Large Hadron Collider". [1]

The 2011 Breakthrough of the Year award was given to Aephraim Steinberg and colleagues from the University of Toronto in Canada for using the technique of "weak measurement" to track the average paths of single photons passing through a Young's double-slit experiment.[2]

Book of the Year[edit]

The 2012 Book of the Year award was given to How the Hippies Saved Physics by David Kaiser from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3]

The 2011 Book of the Year award was given to Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science by Lawrence Krauss from Case Western Reserve University.[4]


  1. ^ "Physics World reveals its top 10 breakthroughs of 2012", Physics World 14 December 2012
  2. ^ "Physics World reveals its top 10 breakthroughs for 2011", Physics World 16 December 2011
  3. ^ "Physics World's 2012 Book of the Year", Physics World 18 December 2012
  4. ^ "Physics World's 2011 Books of the Year", Physics World 19 December 2012

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