Volume 1: Physics in 1900 (B Pippard). Introducing atoms and their nuclei (A Pais). Quanta and quantum mechanics (H Rechenberg). History of relativity (J Stachel). Nuclear forces, mesons and isospin symmetry (L M Brown). Solid state structureanalysis (W Cochran). Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics (in equilibrium) (C Domb). Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics or The vagaries of time evolution (M Dresden). Volume 2: Elementary particles physics in the second half of the twentiethcentury (V L Fitch and J L Rosner). Fluid mechanics (J Lighthill). Superfluids and superconductors (A J Leggett). Vibrations and spin waves in crystals (R A Cowley and B Pippard). Atomic and molecular physics (U Fano). Magnetism (K W H Stevens). Nucleardynamics (D M Brink). Units, standards and constants (A Bailey). Volume 3: Electrons in solids (B Pippard). A history of optical and optoelectronic physics in the twentieth century (R G W Brown and E R Pike). Physics of materials (R W Cahn). Electron-beaminstruments (T Mulvey). Soft matter: birth and growth of concepts (P G de Gennes). Plasma physics in the twentieth century (R F Post). Astrophysics and cosmology (M S Longair). Computer-generated physics (M J Feigenbaum). Medical physics (J R Mallard).Geophysics (S G Brush and C S Gillmor). Reflections of twentieth century physics: three essays: Historical overview of the twentieth century in physics (P Anderson). Nature itself (S Weinberg). Some reflections on physics as a social institution (JZiman).