Physics Web Resources

Ready Reference Data

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • AccessScience: McGraw-Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, online. Very useful for introductory information about topics in physics, and keyword searchable.
  • Net Advance of Physics: An online encyclopedia mainly of hot topics in physics. Articles are unsolicited but peer reviewed.
  • How Things Work: Physics in Everyday Life: A companion website to the textbook by Louis Bloomfield. "Call in radio show" website, is an archive of questions submitted by readers with answers by the professor. Answers are at a non-technical level.
  • ScienceWorld: Dictionary length definitions of scientific terms, created by Eric Weisstein--a professional encyclopediast at Wolfram (makers of Mathematica).


Current Events

Biographical/Historical Information

Preprint Servers


  • PhysicsCentral: Excellent compilation of web resources from the APS.
  • PhysLINK: Mainly a compilation of websites on many topics, although there is some original content as well.
  • PhysNet: (Universitat Oldenburg metasite)