Some random impressions of the week‐long dedication program at General Atomic include the following: The talks had only the scientific approach as their unifying aspect; except for this, they had considerable range and diversity. There was the counterpoint of several different fields—physics, chemistry, metallurgy, even philosophy—and the harmony of different motivations, from the “purest” (philosophy of science and epistemology) to the immediately applicable (reactor engineering). This was appropriate, since the laboratory tries to encourage free interchange between disciplines and has the words “pure and applied” in its title. Further, the extremes of speakers' ages were striking, spanning, I believe, 28 to 75. There seemed to be little correlation between age and type of subject matter, the latter ranging from thoughts distilled over a period of many years to controversial theories on phenomena much discussed at this very moment.

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