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Published in partnership with the American Institute of Physics

Oxford University Press has partnered with the American Institute of Physics to launch the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Physics, an expansive new scholarly reference resource.

AdS3 Gravity and Holography

"Few facts about our universe are more apparent than that it is composed of four dimensions: three of space and one of time. Yet many have speculated that this is perhaps an illusion reflecting our limited perception: There may be a real sense in which the universe possesses more, or even fewer, than four dimensions. ..." – By Per Kraus

The Evolution of Public Funding of Science in the United States From World War II to the Present

"Large-scale U.S. government support of scientific research began in World War II with physics, and rapidly expanded in the postwar era to contribute strongly to the United States’ emergence as the world’s leading scientific and economic superpower in the latter half of the 20th century. ..." – By Kei Koizumi

What's New to the OREs

In December 2021, 95 new full articles, 26 revised articles, and 1 new summary article across 18 disciplines have been published on the Oxford Research Encyclopedias platform. Explore the recently published articles now.

Two More Encyclopedias Available via Subscription and Perpetual Access

On September 29, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias of Anthropology and Planetary Science will be available via subscription and perpetual access. After a successful free period during development, the OREs provide in-depth overviews of the major areas of research and will continue to grow with the field over time. If you're a librarian, explore Subscriber Services to learn how to provide access to the OREs for your institution. If you're not a librarian, you can recommend the OREs to your librarian here.

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