[Physics FAQ] -
Last updated by Philip Gibbs October 1996.
Original by Philip Gibbs June 1996.
Useful Physics Resources on the Web
The world wide web is a rich source of information about physics. The Physics FAQ
is not the place to put together a complete list of them so I will concentrate on
databases that are packed with useful content such as physics news.
[Please don't ask us to add a link to your site from here.]
- The Internet Pilot To Physics
- This ambitious web project is a good place to start your search for physics
resources. TIPTOP includes The
Net Advance of Physics and much more.
- American Institute of Physics
- The AIP publishes and archives a number of informative newsletters including PHYSICS NEWS UPDATE which is
posted regularly on usenet. This is a good place to look for brief reports on recent
- High Energy Physics Information Centre
- At HEPIC they keep archives of various newsletters from physics centres which often
give useful information about the latest finds in High Energy Physics. And so much
- The American Physical Society
- They publish some of the most important Physics Journals such as Physical
Review. On-line access to those is restricted but the What's New physics bulletins are a useful
- The Institute of Physics
- Another journal publisher with a News in
- Los Alamos E-print Archive
- These archives have become the primary means of communicating
new papers in the fastest moving physics disciplines. This
is where you will find
- SPIRES Databases at SLAC
- There are a number of databases housed at SLAC under SPIRES. The most useful is the
HEP Database which can be used
to search for papers in High Energy Physics by author or title keywords. Recent
papers can then be obtained through direct hyperlinks to the e-print archives.
- Particle Data Group
- This is where you will find the Review of Particle Physics containing values for all
manner of physical constants. They have also put together an educational feature
called The Particle Adventure.
- John Baez's Papers
- Useful information on developments in physics including the archive of This Week's Finds in Mathematical
Physics. John has also put together a tutorial on General Relativity.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Another site with convenient tables of physical constants
- A collection of free software for High Energy Physics
- The Laws List
- An alphabetically ordered list of laws and principles of physics by Erik Max Francis.
- Treasure Trove of
- Another alphabetical list of physics definitions and equations by Eric W. Weisstein.
- The Computers in
Physics Education Committee
- provides PhysicsEd: Physics Education Resources, a project to have a site that points
to the all the known physics education resources on the net. Alan Cairns currently
maintains this site.
- MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
- This is an extensive archive of historical information which has
good coverage of physicists and astronomers as well as mathematicians.
Go straight to the
and enter the name of your favourite physicist or topic.
- Physics Time-Line
- A chronology of fundamental discoveries in physics from
the ancient Greeks until today.
If you still have not found what you are looking for try the
Yahoo index to physics.
The web is a vast resource on all subjects and you may find what you are looking for by
searching it using one of the larger search indexes such as
Alta Vista or
It is also a good idea to search old usenet posts using Google