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NAS and APS Meetings: Changes in Moods and in Modes

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Science  11 May 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4086, pp. 574-577
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4086.574


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the American Physical Society (APS) both met in Washington in the week after Easter. Beyond the coincidence of time and place it is fair to say that the meetings shared a common mood. The truce in Vietnam is generally regarded as the principal cause of a muting of the voices of protest that have been heard at so many scientific meetings in recent years and finally had disturbed the even tenor of the academy's ways. Particularly at APS there seems to be new interest and energy directed to exploring ways to work within the system.