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Physics Web Sites
The Higgs boson:
An excellent lay-person's guide to understanding the importance of the Higgs discovery:
Higgs boson, the video
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013
was awarded jointly to to François Englert and Peter W.
Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that
contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic
particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the
predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at
CERN's Large Hadron Collider".
you know that Canada has an active space industry?
- SpaceRef Canada has an
excellent site with information about the global space systems sector.
It covers civil, commercial and military space as well space policy,
space technology, astronomy and most other space related topics.
with a Bang!
- Award-winning site by a theoretical astrophysicist
- Up-to-the-minute comment on physics research from the
Institute of Physics Publishing.
- Cocktail Party Physics
- Excellent, funny, relevant and well-written...
- Many blog links, many to energy-related topics.
- A pro-science blog written by a former professional
cheerleader(!?) Check it out!
- 60 Second Science
- From the magazine Scientific American; something new every day.
News & Resources:
American Physical Society Focus
- An award-winning international list of physics links for
news, research, conferences, journals, discussions, jobs, book reviews,
resources, history, and more! If you can't find it here ...
- Find out how physics is part of your world. They answer
your questions on how things work and keep you informed with daily updates
on physics in the news. Look here for descriptions of the latest research
and the people who are doing it. Maintained by the American Physical
American Institute of Physics
- Many physics-related resources, organizations, journals,
and other links.
The Physics Hypertextbook
- An online "textbook" with a more casual approach.
Lots of examples.
and its sister site,
- The Chaos Hypertextbook
- The mathematics of fractals, oscillators,
and other fun stuff.
- Another source for physics and space news and references.
Centre for Scientific Research
- An international list links to scientific organizations,
journals, news, research, etc.
NASA: Goddard Space Flight Centre
- Links to all NASA projects- past and present- lots of
history and great pictures, too.
World's Largest Scientific Instrument, the
and engineers have spent nearly 25 years designing and building the
27-kilometre-round machine and its four gigantic experiments. They could
tell us what dark matter is made of, what the origin of mass is, where
all the antimatter went and throw up countless surprises about the
cosmos along the way.
- Particle physics in Canada? Yes!
Find out more here:
- The US National Science Foundation, the
Public Library of Science, and the San Diego Supercomputing Center are
hoping that their new Web site will help demystify important research papers. The site, called
will allow scientists to upload highly technical papers. But it will also let the researchers post
accompanying video presentations that serve as quicker, more approachable guides to their work.
- An on-line magazine that explores the connections
between particle physics and the rest of the world. Produced by Fermi
National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
in the US, the magazine originates from the world of particle physics,
but shows its interactions with other aspects of life, ranging from
philosophy through policy to popular culture.
- An online repository for short films
about science — a bit like a science-specific, moderated version of
YouTube. As of July 2009, the site hosts over 150 films
on topics ranging from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to fun things to
do with treacle. New content appears on the site every few weeks.
AIP Center for
History of Physics
- An outstanding website on the history of physics and its
scientists from the American Institute of Physicists. Many links, too.
A Century of Physics This is a highly recommended
website in honour of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American
Physical Society (APS). APS have also commissioned the production of a series
of 11 posters showing the advances in physics in those 100 years.
(SWGC has received a set of these posters and they are soon to
be mounted for display.)
The Nobel Prizes
- All about the prizes, the categories and how they are
awarded. A searchable list of winners since 1901. Biographies of the Nobel
Prize winners and research summaries.
Problems, Tutorials, Study Guides:
Applications: by Giancoli, (Phys1020
- An interactive website with exercises, "Physlets", and
automatically gradable questions. EXCELLENT for self-testing.
Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Giancoli, (Phys1050 level)
- An interactive website with exercises, "Physlets", and
automatically gradable questions. EXCELLENT for self-testing. From textbook
publisher, Prentice Hall.
Cutnell & Johnson: Physics (Phys1020
- Another textbook website - publisher Wiley - with more
online gradable multiple-choice tests.
The Feynman Lectures
Messenger Lectures, given by Nobel laureate Richard Feynman at
Cornell University in 1964. Seven lectures covering most physics topics,
restored and enhanced with notes and links. Probably the most influential
physics lecture series in the 20th century! He was a gifted
speaker who conveyed, with humour and clarity, the beauty and power of
physics as well as the wonder of nature. Well worth your time!
- From the University of Guelph. Self-help with basic topics
such as algebra, graphing for physics, and free-body diagrams. Plus torques,
simple harmonic motion, DC circuits, etc.
Astronomy - Physics - Geophysics
- Spaceflight Educational Site
- Contains "From Stargazers to Starships", "The Great
Magnet, the Earth", "The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere"
written for non-scientists, students and teachers by Dr. David Stern, a
retired professor and researcher at Goddard Spaceflight Center. He
uses space as a way of introducing physics. Great resource!
Contemporary Physics Education Project
- Four interactive tutorials for introductory physics
students about particle physics:
Fundamental Particles, Plasma Physics & Fusion, Nuclear Science, and
the newest - The History and Fate of the Universe!
Adventure the fundamentals of matter and force - The Particle Data
Group of Lawrence Berkley National
Laboratory presents an award-winning interactive tour of quarks,
neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and
particle detectors. Check it out!
Hands-On CERN presented by
researchers of the European particle accelerator group to increase
understanding of the most fundamental processes inside matter, and to
explain modern research about particle collisions.
- Einstein Light
- An award-winning interactive web site from the University of New South Wales
in Australia, which
claims to explain the finer points of relativity in about 5 minutes! However,
there are plenty of opportunities to delve deeper into an understanding of
Einstein's most famous work.
of Improbable Research (HotAIR)
- Look here for the infamous Ig Nobel Prizes, the skeptical
journal itself, and other fun stuff.
Cartoon Laws of Physics
- Cartoon cats and ducks do obey (their own) laws of
physics, and here's a hilarious list of them. (Newton would turn over in his
Flanders and Swan's "Laws of Thermodynamics"
- Two famous British entertainers hilarious musical skit about the 1st and
2nd laws of thermodynamics. "Heat won't pass from a cooler to a hotter, You can try it if you like
but you far better notter..."
Confused about the Large Hadron Collider
and what it will mean for physics?
explain it all!
Movie Physics Rating System
- A discussion of some recent movies and many of the
blatantly awful mistakes Hollywood makes with the laws of physics!
a 2D simulation "sandbox" to explore
motion and play with physics like never before. Children, students,
engineers, artists, university professors, and many others, use Phun
for telling stories, learning, constructing amazing machines, creating games
- or just for the plain fun of it.
Physics Joke of the Week
- Ever wonder what upper year physics students do in their
spare time? Why write physics limericks, of course! Here are the finalists of
the American Physical Society's contest.
- And for those who REALLY have time on their hands - songs!
Songs about physics & astronomy. Learn while being entertained. Also contains
lyrics of a ditty written by James Maxwell for his own classes.
The Physics Student's Prayer
Finally the secret of quark interaction is revealed....quarks polka!??
Science Humour Web Ring
- The Science humour web-ring is a ring dedicated to humour
about science or scientists. This includes all kind of sciences, physical or
Other General Science Links:
The Material World
- The website for the excellent BBC radio science documentary/interview
show. The topics are varied and entertaining and the interviews are archived.
- The interactive web site for the Discovery Channel in
Canada. Science news, features, contests, etc.
- A website which answers questions about everyday objects -
how and why they function as they do. There is also a book of the same title.
- A weekly news and features magazine with an international
flavour. Extensive article archive. Website has up-to-the-minute videos and
Quirks & Quarks
- The web site for the popular CBC Radio science show.
Contains archived transcripts of questions, interviews, book reviews.
- An excellent site for science from all fields.
Contains some of the recent magazine features, current research news, and image
galleries. Weekly podcast.
Also check out the
Astronomy links on this site.
03 July, 2014