The ordeal of attending meetings and conferences four or more days long, packed with the “confetti” of several parallel sessions of contributed or invited papers and other ceremonial or not‐so‐ceremonial sessions, has prompted the search for other solutions. One of the most welcome developments in this search is the growing number of one‐day symposia organized for a limited audience interested in specialized subject matter. While these occasions do not in any way substitute for the more formidable events, they give at least an opportunity for the assembled fraternity to talk shop down to the minutest experimental or theoretical details. Even the excellent Physical Review Letters do not substitute for the attractiveness of a sizzling bit of information fresh from the laboratory, a scratch pad, or a computer.

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