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How to write a physics book

By Hamish Johnston

John Inglesfield could live a life of leisure. Retired, he has homes in two very desirable locations – England’s Lake District and Aude in south-western France.

But alas, John is a physicist; so instead of lounging by the pool reading, he is busy writing a book. His chosen topic is the embedding method in condensed-matter physics and the book will published as an ebook by IOP Publishing, which also publishes

The IOP ebooks programme is made up of two collections: Expanding Physics and Concise Physics.  Expanding Physics publishes books written by leading scientists and focuses on key areas in physics and related subject areas. Concise Physics is developed with Morgan & Claypool Publishers, focusing on shorter texts in rapidly advancing areas or topics where an introductory text is required.

Together, the collections are aimed at undergraduate students through to advanced students and professional physicists.

If you would like to know how John manages to eschew his beautiful surroundings in favour of a computer screen, you can follow his exploits on his blog The Embedding Method Book Blog.

Are you doing physics in beautiful surroundings? Please tell us where by leaving a comment.

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  1. M. Asghar

    Have done varied research work for years in the field of physics amids the majestic Alpes. This majesty act as a sort “spiritual boost” for the searching head.

  2. Robert

    I new John when he was a professor at Cardiff, where I was a PhD student. I’m currently ‘doing physics’ on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, home of Arecibo Observatory.

  3. melvin goldstein

    Numbers are the Supreme Court of science. However Godel proved that we may not prove everything. Physics needs numbers. There must be Physics Foibles!!


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