As a means of welcoming Paul P. Ewald, formerly of Queens University in Belfast, to the chair of physics of the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, an all day conference was held last October 15 on the physics of the solid state. The conference, which was sponsored jointly by the Institute and the Metropolitan section of the American Physical Society, was opened with a paper by Professor Ewald, in which he reviewed the program and placed the various scheduled topics in the general context of crystal physics.

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