American Physical Society Centennial Meeting  


In honor of its 100th birthday, APS hosted a Centennial Celebration and Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, March 20-26, 1999. With 11,400 physicists from over 60 countries in attendance, this was the largest physics meeting in history. The conference included numerous symposia, technical talks, and press conferences on the most important physics topics and research of the day.

In addition, numerous public lectures were scheduled throughout Atlanta which presented physics in an easily accessible, entertaining format to the general public. Highlights of the meeting included the participation of over 40 Nobel laureates who, in addition to their scheduled talks, attended a special luncheon with high school science students from the state of Georgia and outstanding physics teachers from each state as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. A panel of past and present White House Science Advisors was featured in addition to a talk by Stephen Hawking at the Atlanta Civic Center and a keynote address by The Honorable Bill Richardson, Secretary of Energy. The APS units developed special topical exhibits which complemented the perennial array of industrial and technical exhibitors.

We hope you enjoy browsing this web site which includes the audio and visual materials from the special Centennial Symposia, organized by the APS Divisions, Topical Groups and Forums. The talks were designed to trace historical, contemporary and future directions in the world of physics. Each presentation also includes a photograph of the speaker, a short biography, and a presentation transcript (where available). A separate photo gallery and links to other physics-related sites are also provided.

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