How to Publish Physics Notes?

There are dozens of different programs available that are, in principle, suited for the task. This multitude of choices is a big source of confusion and one of the main reasons that only a few people currently have an open notebook. There are too many choices. People try maybe one or two, are quickly dissatisfied and then quit.

To prevent this we discuss here which options exist and which of them are perfect for publishing physics notes online.

There are two different ways to publish physics notes:

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A blog is continuous time-ordered “stream” of physics notes. This option is ideally suited, for example, to discuss recent physics news or to document your learning process step by step.

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A Wiki is a connected web of curated information and notes. This option is ideal if you want to work on several different notes simultaneously and publish them often and early.

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If you’re looking for a quick answer, here it is: The two best options you should consider are
  • Dokuwiki, if you want to create a Wiki-like notebook and
  • WordPress, if you want to create a blog-like notebook.

Both are free, open-source and supported by a huge community.

This means whatever you have in mind, probably someone has already done the hard work and all you have to do to get some new feature in your notebook is install a plugin. Moreover, if you are confused about some technical aspect, there are usually hundreds of people who are capable and happy to answer your questions.