ON July/August, 1978

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Congress through a Fish-Eye Lens

Douglas A. Segar

In the seven or so years between leaving college as the proud possessor of a Ph. D. in the physical sciences and April of last year, I had followed fairly closely the traditional career patterns that are expected of those of us who... more>>


The Multiple Mirror Telescope

R. R. Shannon

On top of Mt. Hopkins, located some 40 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, a new telescope is now approaching completion. This telescope is the largest or third largest in the world, depending on whether one considers diameter or collecting area as the important characteristic of an optical telescope. This instrument, named the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) because of its six-fold array of optical apertures, represents the first full-scale attempt to build an aperture-array telescope for general-purpose use. more>>

Keeping History Alive: The AIP Center for History of Physics

Spencer R. Weart

Some two decades ago a number of physical scientists became aware of a problem: The history of their science was vanishing. The pioneers whose achievements had laid the basis for modern work were disappearing one by one, the tales they remembered were dying with them, and the records of how they made their discoveries were going into the wastebasket. more>>


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