Number 235 (Story #2), July 28, 1995 by Phillip F. Schewe and Ben Stein|
THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS HOMEPAGE (address: http://www.aip.org) is one of many starting points for finding physics information on the World Wide Web. The following is a brief sketch of what you can find there. First of all, the current Physics News Update and past issues going back through 1993 can be retrieved. Physics Today offers an extensive calendar enumerating upcoming physics meetings worldwide. Links to the homepages of various societies, such as the American Geophysical Union and The American Physical Society, include useful information on membership, meetings, journals, and jobs. Through the European Physical Society one can access national physics homepages and through these individual institutes, some with detailed updates on recent research and publications. The table of contents of this week's issue of Science can be had from the AAAS homepage. A section called "Physics Around the World Index", organized by McGill University, surveys physics research areas in branches of ever greater specificity; for example, under condensed matter physics there is a subsection about the Texas Center for Superconductivity, which in turn displays a nice tutorial on high-temperature superconductivity. More Worldwide Physics homepages lead to theoretical physics institutes worldwide, physics consulting firms, markets for secondhand instruments, lists of fundamental constants, overviews of various physics laws, a guide to graduate physics departments in the U.S. (faculties, facilities, research areas, etc.), and a section on educational resources, such as frequently asked questions in physics, a table of the nuclides, links to USENET physics bulletin boards, and other physics newsletters.