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The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics held an International Conference on the Physics of Metals in Amsterdam on July 12–17, 1948, in connection with a meeting of its General Assembly. It was a popular meeting for Americans: thirty out of the 311 physicists in the official list of participants came from the United States, a delegation exceeded only by those from the Netherlands, which naturally had the greatest number, and Great Britain.
With the end of the war international scientific meetings began to revive and the summer of 1948 saw American physicists sailing to Europe in considerable numbers. Physics Today here presents a report of a conference on metals held last July by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics at Amsterdam.