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Physics 280 : Contemporary Physics: Physics Societies

These resources are provided in support of the Physics 280 writing assignment.

American Institute of Physics

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) was founded in 1931.  "It is the mission of the Institute to serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving the Societies, by serving individual scientists, and by serving students and the general public."  It currently has ten member societies.

AIP sponsors Inside Science, a science news service of that provides news content for syndication by news organizations, delivering articles, graphics, audio and videos suitable for a general audience.

Physics Today Daily Edition is a daily news service/blog from the editors of Physics Today featuring current physics news. There is an option to limit to just "Physics Updates."

 

 

American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) was founded in 1899.  APS is the world's largest physics association.  It serves the international physics community with journals, meetings, and public programs.  The missiton statement reads, "In the firm belief that an understanding of the nature of the physical universe will be a benefit to all humanity, the objective of the Society shall be the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics."  They publish Physics Review A - E, Physical Review Letters, and Reviews of Modern Physics.

Physics provides online daily news and commentary on papers published in the APS journals.

  • Viewpoints provide commentary on selected research articles written by experts in the field for people with a background in physics
  • Synopsis provides brief news summaries for papers published in the APS journals written for people with a background in physics
  • Focus Stories give explanations of recently published research papers for students and a general audience