Physics

On this page, you will find some recommendations on what to watch, read, listen and do to engage with your subject. As well as feeding your intellectual curiosity, these links may provide useful material for your UCAS statement. Once you have engaged with the links, make sure that you practise putting your thoughts into words with the writing activity at the end.

Watch

Lisa Randall explains dark matter

Brian Cox discusses his work on the Large Hadron Collider

‘Physics is fun to imagine’ with Richard Feynman

Four revolutionary riddles presented by Veritasium’s Derek Muller

Read

What gravitational waves mean for the future of science

Relativity – a popular exposition by Albert Einstein

Kilogram gets a new definition

Stay up to date with the Physics World blog

AccessEd Reading List

Listen

Brian Cox and Robin Ince in The Infinite Monkey Cage

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show StarTalk

Jim Al-Khalili’s podcast Life Scientific

Podcasts from the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford

The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast

Do

  • Take in a physics lecture at the Cavendish Laboratory during the annual Cambridge Science Festival, the UK’s largest free science festival.

Write

  • To apply to university, you need to demonstrate that you are well informed about the subject and have a strong interest in studying it at greater depth. To get started, practice writing about your subject interests by composing short responses to the following questions:
  1. What have you watched, read or listened to that has inspired you?
  2. Why was it interesting?
  3. What new issues did you learn about?
  4. What do you want to find out next?
  5. What excites you about the subject?
  6. Why do you think studying the subject is important?

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