On a recent trip to France and Italy the writer has visited many of the physics laboratories there, and talked to a large number of physicists. It is not the purpose of this article to provide the reader with a careful survey of European physics; any number of Europeans are certainly more qualified for that sort of study. Rather, I shall try to present the impressions of a tourist, in this case a physicist.
Nuclear physics research in France and Italy is conducted in a considerably different atmosphere than in this country. In the following a touring American physicist gives his impressions after a visit last summer to laboratories in each of these countries.