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“Observation, Experiment, and the Future of Physics” John G. King’s acceptance speech for the 2000 Oersted Medal presented by the American Association of Physics Teachers, 18 January 2000
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2.U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstracts of the United States: 1999 (Washington, DC, 1999), 119th ed. N. B. Except where I state that I am estimating, figures come from this—incidentally an excellent source of data for students to analyze and question.
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6.B. Keogh, S. Naylor, and C. Wilson, Phys. Educ. 33, 4 (1998). I thank Tony French for showing me these posters.
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14.W. Wainwright (private communication, December 1999).
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17.Film Solder Glass Techniques (ESI/EDC, Watertown, MA, 1961).
18.Ruopp et al., p. xi.
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20.G. Dearden and M. R. Parlett, Concentrated Study in Retrospect (EDC, Newton, MA, 1980).
21.NSF Education and Human Resources Budgets, http//www.nsf.gov/bfa/bud/fy2000/DirFund/ehr.htm
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