By D. Allan Bromley
During this "Cook’s Tour" of advancements in physics and realted fields, D. Allan Bromley, technology consultant to President Bush in the course of 1989-1983 and prior president of the yankee actual Society, conveys a lot of the thrill and sweetness that examine in physics generated within the twentieth century and asks what new issues are in shop within the subsequent century.
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These were the essential characteristics of the computer of the future. The inventors of the device that made the digital computer possible received the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Evolution of Computers During the war years, the group at Los Alamos carried forward the whole field of computation and physical modeling beyond anything that had previously been imagined, but it was recognized that the limitations imposed by vacuum tubes clearly established physical ceilings on the power and scope of future computers and computation.
In response to this request, Bush, largely on his own, produced the brief but remarkable document Science, the Endless Frontier which served as the effective blueprint for US science policy for the last half of the twentieth century. In retrospect, critics have noted that Bush used a linear model in which fundamental science led inexorably to applied science and then to technology. Critics have also noted that little mention was made in the report of any role for industry, the assumption being that, if the US public was prepared to support the research enterprise in peacetime as it had during war, then the benefits to society would be beyond imagining.
From the left: Willis Lamb (1955), Abraham Pais, John Wheeler, Richard Feynman (1965), Herman Feshbach, and Julian Schwinger (1965). ) FIGURE 31 past two decades. Recent developments have made it clear that we can expect Moore's Law to be valid for at least the next five to seven years. Our ability to understand, to probe, and to structure surfaces has opened up entirely new areas of study in catalysis and corrosion resistance, and an entirely new understanding of phenomena such as friction and adhesion.
A Century of Physics by D. Allan Bromley