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Vol. 28 No. 6
November-December 2006

Would Einstein Have Approved? — A Discussion About
the International Year of Physics

by Minella Alarcon ’s interview with Judy Franz, Martial Ducloy, Francis Allotey, and Masno Ginting

How successful was the International Year of Physics? In celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s annus mirabilis in 1905, the Year was intended to serve as a rallying point for the public by recalling the important benefits physics has brought society over the past century.

Four leading physicists speak frankly about their individual experiences with the Year: Prof. Judy Franz from the USA is secretary general of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and executive officer of the American Physical Society; Prof. Martial Ducloy from France chaired the International Steering Committee for the Year and is former president of the European Physical Society; Prof. Francis Allotey from Ghana is president of the Society of African Physicists and Mathematicians; and Prof. Masno Ginting from Indonesia is president of the Indonesian Physical Society.

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