Ever feel your winter wardrobe is missing something? Are your festive woollens just a bit too mainstream? Is there not enough science depicted on your clothes? Don’t worry, Physics World has a solution. After some office-wide discussions, a bit of tuneless Christmas singing and many scribbled doodles that are more scribble than doodle, we are proud to present our ideas for festive physics jumpers, as drawn by Physics World features editor Sarah Tesh.

We haven’t actually knitted them yet, but if you have the skills to make one of our designs come to life – or can draw your own fun festive physics jumpers – we’d love to see them. Our top five favourites will win a copy of Stephen Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions and we’ll publish them in the New Year. Terms and conditions apply (see below).

See “this article from October” for Physics World managing editor Matin Durrani’s review of Brief Answers to the Big Questions.


To enter the competition, send your festive physics designs – or photographs of actual knitted jumpers that you have created featuring physics puns – to us by 7 January 2019.

Please include your full name and contact details with your entry.

Send your entries by e-mail to pwld@iop.org or by post to:
Physics World
Temple Circus
Temple Way

These terms and conditions apply to all entries to the Physics World Christmas Jumper Competition – December 2018, however submitted.

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