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A site featuring the history of physics and allied sciences is now available on the Internet's World Wide Web, mounted by the AIP Center for History of Physics. The address (URL) is http://www.aip.org/history.
Use of the Web was originated by physicists but is spreading explosively among the general population. The most eager users are young people with an interest in technology and the future -- exactly the sort of people who should be exposed to the real story of science as a human enterprise, according to Spencer Weart, the Center's director. "The Web is an outstanding new way to advance public understanding of the physical sciences and their relationship to society, and the AIP Center has moved aggressively to take advantage of the opportunity," he said.
Users entering the site will find a number of options:
Besides expanding the Einstein exhibit, during the coming year Center staff will mount a number of additional finding aids to collections and hundreds of additional photographs from the Visual Archives. Under development is a major search engine to support on-line access to abstracts of all the Library's archival holdings (published in the 1994 Guide to the Archival Collections in the Niels Bohr Library, but including more recent accessions), the Library's catalog of books, and -- not least -- the entire International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences.
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