Physics & Society: October 2008

Volume 37, Number 4

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In this Issue

Editor's Comments
Jeffrey Marque, Alvin Saperstein
Forum Elections
Candidates for Vice Chair, Executive Committee and POPA Representative
Rudolf Peierls’ 1939 Analysis of Critical Conditions in Neutron Multiplication
By B. Cameron Reed
Simple Question, Simple Answer... Not
By Spencer R. Weart
Feynman and Me
By Paul Craig
Response to David Williams on Energy
From Art Hobson
Concern About Monckton Article
From Joel D. Shore
Congratulation on Climate Issue
From Jonathan Wurtele
Earth: The Sequel
By Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn, Reviewed by Peter Schroeder
Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems
By Vaclav Smil, Reviewed by James A. Fay
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
By James Gustave Speth

Physics and Society is the non-peer-reviewed quarterly newsletter of the Forum on Physics and Society, a division of the American Physical Society. It presents letters, commentary, book reviews and articles on the relations of physics and the physics community to government and society. It also carries news of the Forum and provides a medium for Forum members to exchange ideas. Opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the APS or of the Forum. Contributed articles (up to 2500 words, technicalities are encouraged), letters (500 words), commentary (1000 words), reviews (1000 words) and brief news articles are welcome. Send them to the relevant editor by e-mail (preferred) or regular mail.

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