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Physical Review's Greatest Hits

Hans BetheHans Bethe, a pioneer of nuclear physics, was a featured speaker at the Tuesday evening reception celebrating the publication of the Physical Review-The First Hundred Years. Edited by Henry Stroke (New York University), the volume contains reprints of 200 seminal research papers in physics, accompanied by a CD-ROM with a total of 1,000 articles. Together they chronicle not only the growth of modern physics, but also the development of issues that have had a profound impact on the cultural and technological history of the 20th century: Quantum uncertainty, nuclear fission, medical imaging, and the invention of transistors, lasers, and probe microscopes.