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Author, Physics Squared

My book Physics Squared: 100 Concepts You Should Know, co-written with my friend Giles Sparrow, was published in 2016 by Metro Books in the US and Apple Press (an imprint of Quarto Group) in the UK.

If you’re wondering about the title, the idea was that the book would have 10 themed sections on different aspects of physics, each containing 10 topics, with a glossary of terms at the end. If you browse through the book you’ll get a broad overview of physics as a subject. Hopefully it’s an accessible read for anyone who’s studied some science at school, and first-year university students might find it a handy reference guide.

Writing it was an interesting experience. I’d graduated with a degree in physics over 20 years earlier, and I thought the research would be fairly easy. However, not only had fields like particle physics advanced significantly, thanks to discoveries like the Higgs boson, but I was amazed just how much I’d forgetten in two decades of doing other things. At least I’m now a little better at answering questions on University Challenge.

I was really happy with the way it turned out. The paper quality is really nice, the illustrations are lovely and overall it’s a nice little book — what you might call pocket-sized (if you have large pockets) at 14cm x 16cm.

Here’s a list of the 10 sections and an Amazon link below:

  1. Mechanics and movement
  2. Waves
  3. Thermodynamics
  4. Electromagnetic radiation
  5. Structure of matter
  6. Electricity and magnetism
  7. Nuclear physics
  8. Quantum reality
  9. Particle physics
  10. Relativity

Click here to buy on Amazon: http://a.co/91LHzgo