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Outside the Research Lab

      My Outside the Research Lab book series for students and general readers began in 2017. It is part of IOP Concise Physics published by IOP Publishing in conjunction with Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

Cover of OTRL vol 3    The latest book, Outside the Research Lab Volume 3: Physics in Sport was published in July 2019. It features interviews with competitiors, coaches, and experts in or supporting sport. They reveal some of the physics and technology inherent to various aspects of sport ranging from wheelchair fencing to drag racing, and the radiation protection services required for medical scanning at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    My second book in the series, Outside the Research Lab Volume 2: Physics in Vintage and Modern Transport was published in September 2018. This volume features interviews with transport professionals and enthusiasts whoFront cover vol 2 reveal some of the physics and technology inherent to various aspects of transport, ranging from the restoration of vintage buses to the electrical systems on-board steam locomotives and the materials used in the latest supercars. 

    The first book, Outside the Research Lab Volume 1:cover of OTRL vol 1 Physics in the Arts, Architecture, and Design, was published in 2017 and features interviews with experts working in different sectors including sculpture, music, TV sound recording, and shoe design, who explain how physics helps them in their work. Read more and access sample chapters....                                                   
  Book cover images courtesy of Morgan & 
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Understanding Solid State Physics

Understanding Solid State Physics
    My undergraduate textbook Understanding Solid State Physics was published by Taylor & Francis in December 2009, and is currently in use as a core text in universities around the world. Read more and access supplementary content including videos....

Book cover image © Taylor and Francis.
Reproduced with permission.

The Way Science Works

The Way Science Works    The children's popular science book The Way Science Works, which I co-authored with the late Robin Kerrod, was published by Dorling Kindersley in April 2002.  In 2003, The Way Science Works was shortlisted for the Junior Prize in the Aventis Prizes for Science Books.  Read more and see pictures from the Aventis Prizes awards ceremony....

The Way Science Works book cover
© Dorling Kindersley Limited.
Reproduced here with permission.

Contributions to '30-Second' popular science books 

   30 second energy
30-Second Quantum Theory    I have contributed to the popular science books 30-Second Quantum Theory and 30-Second Energy30-Second Energy was published by Ivy Press in 2018, while 30-Second Quantum Theory was conceived, designed and produced by Ivy Press, and first published in the UK by Icon Books Ltd in 2014.  Read more....

Book cover images © Ivy Press Limited. Reproduced with permission.

All text and photo copyright: Sharon Ann Holgate, unless otherwise stated.