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By D. Allan Bromley

During this "Cook’s Tour" of advancements in physics and realted fields, D. Allan Bromley, technological know-how consultant to President Bush in the course of 1989-1983 and earlier president of the yank actual Society, conveys a lot of the thrill and beauty that learn in physics generated within the twentieth century and asks what new issues are in shop within the subsequent century.

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In 1998, it appeared that the flattening off shown in the shaded area was in fact at hand as electron tunneling through insulating layers of silicon dioxide on the chips appeared to pose a real physical limit to Moore's Law's continued validity. T. P. Ma at Yale recently demonstrated that replacement of the silicon dioxide by silicon nitride 49 50 AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW, 1900-1949 From the left: John Bardeen (1956, 1972), William Shockley (1956), and Walter H. Brattain (1956), the inventors of the transistor.

It is the following: In those areas of science where our American activities do not define the frontiers, we must be working close enough to these frontiers so that we can exploit, without delay, discoveries and breakthroughs wherever and whenever made. The Manhattan Project, like the Apollo project, were fundamentally engineering activities, but physicists played a major role in both (particularly the Manhattan Project). Figure 28 shows Lawrence, Fermi, and Rabi discussing the Manhattan Project during its early days at Los Alamos, and Figure 29 shows Niels Bohr-or "Mr.

Baker," as he was called in Los Alamos-with the Los Alamos Director, J. Robert Oppenheimer. This figure illustrates the close cooperation that existed between the remaining free scientific community in Europe and the Americans, but it also gives some indication of the heavy responsibilities that rested on Oppenheimer's shoulders (compare this photograph with Figure 12, showing Oppenheimer in happier days). Figure 30 shows Enrico Fermi receiving a richly deserved Medal of Merit from General Groves, the military commander of the Manhattan Project.

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