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Volume 4, Issue3May 1991

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  • The Enduring APS Agenda

    For the past two years I have been honored to serve as President of APS. Many of you have "become accustomed to my face," and some of you may even have read a few of my columns that have appeared in the Observer. In these columns I have repeatedly emphasized the importance of maintaining a highly focused APS agenda. In my final column I return to this central theme. When APS celebrates its centennial in 2088, few of those present at the celebration are likely to have any sense of the forces that motivated the founding of the society. However, in preparing for that centennial, some of the organizers may turn to yellowed copies of the Observer to learn about the early day of APS. So, for those of you who are reading this in the year 2088 (as well as the present pioneers) I want to summarize the early — and, I hope, enduring — APS agenda.