Benjamin Bederson, New York University (ed.)
A century of unparalleled scientific and technological change, mostly fueled by the discoveries of physicists, draws to a close simultaneously with the beginning of the second century of the APS and the onset of the third millennium. To acknowledge and celebrate these milestones, the Editor, with the assistance of the Editorial Board consisting of Kurt Gottfried, Walter Kohn, Eugen Merzbacher, Myriam Sarachik, Andrew Sessler, and George Field asked some preeminent physicists to create a contemporary portrait of their subfields, highlighting achievements, current vitality, and likely directions. The resulting 54 articles give us a unique opportunity to celebrate this century of physics. The volume is published to coincide with the APS Centennial meeting in Atlanta, simultaneously as both a supplement to the March 1999 Reviews of Modern Physics and as a hard-cover book from Springer-Verlag New York. Inc.
Among the authors are 15 Nobel Laureates and over 40 members of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Engineering. The articles, often personal in tone, are written at the level of departmental colloquia. Some are intended to be broad but not encyclopedic, while others are presented as "case studies" focusing on particularly fascinating illustrations of specific topics. Major sections include: historical perspectives: particle physics; astrophysics; nuclear physics; atomic, molecular and optical physics; condensed-matter physics; statistical physics and fluids; plasma physics; chemical physics; and the applications of physics within other fields. Together, the articles combine to paint an illuminating and sweeping canvas of a remarkable time in science and civilization. See the APS and/or Springer websites (http://www.springer-ny.com) for more information.
1999/Approx. 750 pp., 72 Illus (10 Color)/Hardcover/$75.00 (Tent.) ISBN 0-387-98662-6
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