By Matin Durrani
Physics World October 2013.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Physics World – the member magazine of the Institute of Physics (IOP) – which launched in October 1988. And to celebrate that fact, we’ve created a fantastic special issue of Physics World in which we look back at some of the highlights in physics of the last 25 years and also forward to where the subject is going next.
All members of the IOP can access the entire new issue right now via the digital version of the magazine or by downloading the free Physics World app onto your iPhone or iPad or Android device, available from the App Store and Google Play, respectively. The issue includes a stack of bonus audio and video content, including three short films we’ve specially made about some of the top spin-offs from physics.
We’ve split the bulk of the issue into five sections, each with five items (five times five being 25, of course):
• Find out our choice of the top five discoveries in fundamental physics over the last 25 years.
• See what five leading researchers have to say about Physics World‘s choice of the five biggest unanswered questions in physics right now.
• Enjoy our pick of the five top images from the last 25 years that have let us “see” a physical phenomenon or effect.
• Learn more about the five people who are changing the way physics is done.
• Gaze into the future as we disclose the five most promising spin-offs from physics.
We also have a set of fiendish physics-themed puzzles devised for you by staff at the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – the first is revealed in the special issue and on our blog, with the rest to be unveiled on physicsworld.com throughout October.