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PHYSICS IS UNDERGOING important social changes, as is the rest of society. In the last decade, the most obvious change for physics has been the change in the attitude of society in the US towards it. From being regarded as a science desperately needed for national survival and prestige it has become one that is being placed in a more conventional social context, with new priorities.
Physics is slowly changing; its definition, education, information transfer, and research and development are all being modified. At the start of a new decade, we look to a “systems” approach to see how we can influence these changes.