The American Institute of Physics (AIP) will observe its 75th
anniversary this year.
AIP was established in New York City in 1931
to help facilitate publishing and other services for five scientific
American Physical Society (APS), the
Optical Society of America (OSA), the
Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the
Society of Rheology (SOR), and the
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
Five more Member Societies joined later: the
American Crystallographic Association (ACA), the
American Astronomical Society (AAS), the
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the
American Vacuum Society (now known simply as AVS), and the
American Geophysical Union (AGU).
Today, AIP is one of the largest physics journal publishers
in the world, and the non-overlapping membership of its 10 member
societies numbers more than 100,000 (see the
AIP home page).
Physics News Update, the weekly
summary of physics research you are reading at this moment, is
prepared by the AIP Media and Government Relations (MGR) division,
operating out of AIP's headquarters in College Park, Md., just
outside Washington, D.C.
To mark AIP's 75th anniversary, PNU will run
a series of occasional comparisons between noteworthy
physics topics from 1931 and 2006. For the first one of these articles, see
Sharper Images of Biological Samples
in this issue.
Read the AIP's 75th anniversary