ON June, 1985

Cover Story

Technical Word Processing: Pros and Cons

Murray Sargent III

Some people are interested in my work on the quantum theory of multiwave mixing. It's fascinating, really! In contrast, most people want to talk about technical word processing, my other love. No wonder, most scien tists and engineers... more>>

Features

New considerations in Computer Systems for Optical Applications

Fred Goldstein

The cost of providing user-friendly software far exceeds the cost of providing something that merely computes a table of numbers. more>>


The New Field of Optical Design?

Douglas C. Sinclair

As significant as the increase in productivity... is the freedom to explore new ideas brought about by the shift to flat-rate charging. more>>


International Standards for Optics: A Progress Report

Robert E. Parks

United States involvement in international standards for optics began shortly after WWII, when MIL-Standards were called out on drawings for U.S. military optics. One of the first and certainly the most talked about is MIL-O-38380, Optical Components for Fire Control Instruments, otherwise known as the "Scratch and Dig'' spec. This document was first issued in December 1954 and revised once in September 1963. more>>


Nuclear Winter Symposium

Roald A. Schrack

A current assessment of the nuclear winter phenomenon and its implications was presented at a recent symposium sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. About 300 attendees gathered at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., to hear speakers in the subject chosen to give expert, as well as diverse, views and to hear the latest results obtained by computer modeling. more>>

Pulses

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