Physics and Secrecy

APS April Meeting 2010


James Riordon, APS
Jason Socrates Bardi, AIP
Phillip Schewe, AIP


April Meeting Press Releases

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Virtual Pressroom 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secrecy surrounded the hidden physics laboratories of the wartime Manhattan Project and has continued to linger around many research topics related to military matters.  

At session B5 Harvard physics historian Peter Galison will look at the legacy of our post-Cold War secrecy systems, while Steven Aftergood, who runs a government secrecy program at the Federation of American Scientists, will present the current landscape of secrecy. William Happer, a former official at the Department of Energy and now a professor at Princeton, will discuss how to arrive at the right balance between openness and secrecy.

Related April Meeting Session

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About APS

The American Physical Society is the leading professional organization of physicists, representing more than 48,000 physicists in academia and industry in the United States and internationally. APS has offices in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C. 

About AIP

Headquartered in College Park, MD, the American Institute of Physics is a not-for-profit membership corporation chartered in New York State in 1931 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare.