Two of the Society's special Centennial-related products have received critical raves in the general media. Scientific American's Website featured the APS A Century of Physics online wall chart as its "Bookmark of the Week" in December [http://timeline.aps.org/]. "This is not highbrow physics but a clear, readable and easily accessible tour of the century," the site description reads. "The result is a huge, multilayered timeline that puts the myriad important discoveries and inventions in physics in context with their time and their impact on society." In addition, Publisher's Weekly (November 1, 1999) selected the APS-sponsored coffee table book, Physics in the 20th Century, by Curt Suplee, as coffee table book of the year, citing the "informed clear text" and vivid photographs which "reveal in breathtaking fashion the development of physics in this century." The book has also been featured as a notable pick by the Quality Paperback Book Club and cited in USA Today.
Mazur Honored by CSSP
In November 1999, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) honored Eric Mazur, a professor of physics at Harvard University and fellow of APS, with its 1999 Educational Research Award. This is only the third time the award is given, and the first time it has been awarded to a physicist. The CSSP, which has past APS President Jerry Friedman as chair-elect, is a powerful voice in fostering wise science policy, and one of the premier forums for open substantive exchanges on emerging scientific issues. Mazur was honored for the exceptional quality of his work over many years in educational research and outreach.
At its November meeting, the APS Council adopted two memorial resolutions, in honor of the late Rep. George Brown, Jr. and laser science pioneer Arthur L. Schawlow. The resolutions were incorporated into letters of condolence sent to the families of the deceased by APS Past President Jerome Friedman.
George E. Brown, Jr.
Arthur L. Schawlow
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