IOP Concise Physics

From Astronomy to Quantum Computing, Concise Physics publishes short texts in over 30 distinct areas of physics. These books provide readers with a snapshot of current research, an introduction to key principles, a look back at historical events and people, and even delve into issues surrounding effective teaching methods. These books are aimed at researchers, students, teachers, and anyone interested in physics at all levels. The books are available for individuals in print and e-book format on this site.

Purchasing for libraries is available through the IOP at their web site: IOP Concise Physics.



Waves Waves
Sanichiro Yoshida
Waves are everywhere in our daily life. We all experience sound and light with our ears and eyes, we use microwaves to cook, and radio waves are transmitted from and are received by our cell phones. These are just some examples of waves that carry en...
Publication Date: January, 2018

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Essential Fluid Dynamics Essential Fluid Dynamics
Jonathan Braithwaite
This book provides an introduction to fluid mechanics, a subject essential for students and researchers in many branches of science. It illustrates fundamental principles with a variety of examples drawn mainly from astrophysics and geophysics as we...
Publication Date: January, 2018

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Creating Materials with a Desired Refraction Coefficient Creating Materials with a Desired Refraction Coefficient
Alexander G. Ramm
Creating Materials with a Desired Refraction Coefficient provides a recipe for creating materials with a desired refraction coefficient. The author draws interest in solving practically (technologically) the problem of producing sma...
Publication Date: January, 2018

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Theories of Matter, Space and Time Theories of Matter, Space and Time
Nick Evans, Steve King
This book and its sequel (Theories of Matter Space and Time: Quantum Theories) are taken from third and fourth year undergraduate Physics courses at Southampton University, UK. The aim of both books is to move beyond the initial courses in classical ...
Publication Date: January, 2018

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Detecting the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background Detecting the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background
Carlo Nicola Colacino
The Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background (SGWB) is by far the most difficult source of gravitational radiation detect. At the same time, it is the most interesting and intriguing one. This book describes the initial detection of the SGWB and des...
Publication Date: December, 2017

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Musical Sound, Instruments, and Equipment Musical Sound, Instruments, and Equipment
Panos Photinos
Musical Sound, Instruments, and Equipment offers a basic understanding of sound, musical instruments and music equipment, geared towards a general audience and non-science majors. The book begins with an introduction of the fundamental properties of...
Publication Date: December, 2017

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The Physical Microbe The Physical Microbe
Stephen J. Hagen
The new field of physical biology fuses biology and physics. New technologies have allowed researchers to observe the inner workings of the living cell, one cell at a time. With an abundance of new data collected on individual cells, including obser...
Publication Date: December, 2017

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An Introduction to the Gas Phase An Introduction to the Gas Phase
Claire Vallance
An Introduction to the Gas Phase is adapted from a set of lecture notes for a core first year lecture course in physical chemistry taught at the University of Oxford. The book is intended to give a relatively concise introduction to the gas phase at ...
Publication Date: December, 2017

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Electromagnetic Waves and Lasers Electromagnetic Waves and Lasers
Wayne D. Kimura
This book reviews basic electromagnetic (EM) wave theory and applies it specifically to lasers in order to give the reader not only tangible examples of how the theory is manifested in real life, but also practical knowledge about lasers, and their o...
Publication Date: December, 2017

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The Origins of Life The Origins of Life
Douglas Whittet
The Origins of Life: A Cosmic Perspective presents an overview of the concepts, methods, and theories of astrobiology and origins of life research while presenting a summary of the latest findings. The book provides insight into the ...
Publication Date: December, 2017

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A Journey into Reciprocal Space A Journey into Reciprocal Space
A.M. Glazer
The concept of reciprocal space is over 100 years old, and has been of particular use by crystallographers in order to understand the patterns of spots when x-rays are diffracted by crystals. However, it has a much more general use, especially in the...
Publication Date: November, 2017

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Halo Nuclei Halo Nuclei
Jim Al-Khalili OBE
While neutron halos were discovered 30 years ago, this is the first book written on the subject of this exotic form of nuclei that typically contain many more neutrons than stable isotopes of those elements. It provides an introductory description o...
Publication Date: November, 2017

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The Tai Chi in Star Formation The Tai Chi in Star Formation
Hua-bai Li
Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art developed based on the laws of nature, emphaszses how 'to conquer the unyielding with the yielding.' The recent observation of star formation shows that stars result from the interaction between gravity, turbulence and ...
Publication Date: November, 2017

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Carbon Nanotubes in Drug and Gene Delivery Carbon Nanotubes in Drug and Gene Delivery
Mahdi Karimi, Amir Ghasemi, Soroush Mirkiani, Masoud Mousavi Basri, Michael Hamblin
Recent important discoveries and developments in nanotechnology have had a remarkable and ever-increasing impact on many industries, especially materials science, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Nanocarriers have been investigated for a wide vari...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Essential Mathematics for the Physical Sciences, Volume 1 Essential Mathematics for the Physical Sciences, Volume 1
Brett Borden, James Luscombe
Physics is expressed in the language of mathematics; it is deeply ingrained in how physics is taught and how it's practiced. A study of the mathematics used in science is thus a sound intellectual investment for training as scientists and engineers. ...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Entrepreneurship for Physicists Entrepreneurship for Physicists
Davide Iannuzzi
Physicists are very smart people. Still, when it comes to moving their ideas from university to market, they often lack the basic set of know-hows that could help them succeed in the technology transfer process. To fill this gap, Entrepreneurship for...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Quantum Chemistry, 2nd Edition Quantum Chemistry, 2nd Edition
Ajit Thakkar
This book provides non-specialists with a basic understanding of the underlying concepts of quantum chemistry. It is both a text for second or third-year undergraduates and a reference for researchers who need a quick introduction or refresher. All ...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Applied Digital Logic Exercises Using FPGAs Applied Digital Logic Exercises Using FPGAs
Kurt Wick
FPGAs have almost entirely replaced the traditional Application Specific Standard Parts (ASSP) such as the 74xx logic chip families because of their superior size, versatility, and speed. For example, FPGAs provide over a million fold increase in gat...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Crystal Engineering Crystal Engineering
Jeffrey Huw Williams
There are more than 20 million chemicals in the literature, with new materials being synthesized each week. Most of these molecules are stable, and the 3-dimensional arrangement of the atoms in the molecules, in the various solids may be determined b...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics
Claire Vallance
The book is a short primer on chemical reaction rates based on a six-lecture first-year undergraduate course taught by the author at the University of Oxford. The book explores the various factors that determine how fast or slowly a chemical reaction...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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