Physics World

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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, physics outreach, 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 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.[1]

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".[2]

The 2013 Breakthrough of the Year award was given "the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory for making the first observations of high-energy cosmic neutrinos". [3]

The 2014 Breakthrough of the Year award was given "to the landing by the European Space Agency of the Philae (spacecraft) on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko", which was the first time a probe had been landed on a comet [4]

Book of the Year[edit]

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.[5]

The 2012 Book of the Year award was given to How the Hippies Saved Physics by David Kaiser from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[6]

The 2013 Book of the Year award was given to Physics in Mind: a Quantum View of the Brain by the biophysicist Werner Loewenstein.[7]


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