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.



Nuclear Power Nuclear Power
David Elliott
This book looks at the early history of nuclear power, at what happened next, and at its longer-term prospects. The main question is: can nuclear power overcome the problems that have emerged? It was once touted as the ultimate energy source, freein...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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Lectures on Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics Lectures on Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics
William A. Schwalm
This book provides an introduction to Lie Theory for first year graduate students and professional physicists who may not have come across the theory in their studies. In particular, it is a summary overview of the theory of finite groups, a brief de...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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The Physics of Thermoelectric Energy Conversion The Physics of Thermoelectric Energy Conversion
Julian Goldsmid
This book outlines the principles of thermoelectric generation and refrigeration from the discovery of the Seebeck and Peltier effects in the nineteenth century through the introduction of semiconductor thermoelements in the mid-twentieth century to ...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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The Universe Untangled The Universe Untangled
Abigail Pillitteri
Space curves around you, time slows down, particles are waves, a cat is both alive and dead. What's going on? It all starts to make sense when we untangle the universe with this clear and enlightening book. Day-dreamers and deep-thinkers, these are t...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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The Ringed Planet The Ringed Planet
Joshua Colwell
In September 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will point itself toward the atmosphere of Saturn and end its 13 year mission of solving many of the mysteries of the ringed planet's system with a crash. This book is a dramatic, beautifully illustrated jour...
Publication Date: April, 2017

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String Theory and the Real World String Theory and the Real World
Gordon Kane
The aim of this book is to explain why "string theory" may provide the comprehensive underlying theory that describes and explains our world, perhaps fairly soon. Although such a claim might seem controversial to many, I hope to convince the reader ...
Publication Date: March, 2017

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Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1 Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1
Sharon Ann Holgate
This book is written for students and other interested readers as a look inside the diverse range of applications for physics outside of the scientific research environment. This first volume covers several different areas of the arts and design rang...
Publication Date: March, 2017

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Electrostatic Phenomena on Planetary Surfaces Electrostatic Phenomena on Planetary Surfaces
Carlos I. Calle
The diverse planetary environments in the solar system react in somewhat different ways to the encompassing influence of the sun. These different interactions define the electrostatic phenomena that take place on and near planetary surfaces. The desi...
Publication Date: March, 2017

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The Melencolia Manifesto The Melencolia Manifesto
David Ritz Finkelstein
HAVE WE MISSED DURER'S INTENTION FOR CENTURIES?

Few artworks have been the subject of more extensive modern interpretation than Melencolia I by renowned artist, mathematician, and scientist Albrecht Durer (1514). And yet, ...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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Graphene Optics Graphene Optics
Ricardo A. Depine
This book is a rigorous but concise macroscopic description of the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and structures containing graphene sheets (two-dimensional structures). It presents canonical problems with translational invariant geome...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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Understanding the Magic of the Bicycle Understanding the Magic of the Bicycle
Joseph W. Connolly
The bicycle is a common, yet unique mechanical contraption in our world. In spite of this, the bike's physical and mechanical principles are understood by a select few. You do not have to be a genius to join this small group of people who understand...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo
Cindy Schwarz
Introduction by Sheldon Glashow, Nobel Laureate (Harvard University)

A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo is a brief and ambitious expedition into the remarkably simple ingredients of all the wonders of nature. Wit...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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Sound-Power Flow Sound-Power Flow
Robert Hickling
Sound-Power Flow is a guide for practitioners and research scientists in different areas of acoustical science. There are three fundamental quantities in acoustics: sound pressure, sound particle velocity, and sound intensity. This book is ab...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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Optical Nanomanipulation Optical Nanomanipulation
David L. Andrews, David S. Bradshaw
This book provides a broad introductory survey of this remarkable field, aiming to establish and clearly differentiate its physical principles, and also to provide a snapshot portrait of many of the most prominent current applications. Primary emphas...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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Excel VBA for Physicists Excel VBA for Physicists
Bernard V Liengme
This book is both introduction and demonstration of how Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) can greatly enhance Microsoft Excel by giving users the ability to create their own functions within a worksheet and to create subroutines to perform repetiti...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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PHYSICS IS... PHYSICS IS...
F. Todd Baker
YOUR e-BOOK DOWNLOAD INCLUDES PDF AND EPUB FILES

He's back! The Physicist returns with an entire new compilation of questions and answers from his long-lived website where laypeople can ask questio...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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Understanding Sonoluminescence Understanding Sonoluminescence
Thomas Brennan
Sonoluminescence is the transformation of sound into light. To most who know how to do sonoluminescence, it's just a little glowing bubble levitating in a flask of water. But it holds some surprises that have been overlooked.

The first goa...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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Confocal Microscopy Confocal Microscopy
Jian Liu and Jiubin Tan
The confocal microscope is appropriate for imaging cells or the measurement of industrial artefacts. However, junior researchers and instrument users sometimes misuse imaging concepts and metrological characteristics, such as position resolution in ...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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Biophysics of the Senses Biophysics of the Senses
Tennille D. Presley
Biophysics of the Senses connects fundamental properties of physics to biological systems, relating them directly to the human body. It includes discussions of the role of charges and free radicals in disease and homeostasis, how as...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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A Pedagogical Introduction to Electroweak Baryogenesis A Pedagogical Introduction to Electroweak Baryogenesis
Graham Albert White
This is an in depth look at baryon number violation in the Standard Model including the necessary background in finite temperature field theory, plasma dynamics and how to calculate the out of equilibrium evolution of particle number densities throug...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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