A paradox of physics in these times is that the public is increasingly interested in reading about it while young people in schools and colleges are less and less interested in studying it. A 1989 AIP report, Who Takes Science?, gives disheartening statistics on the study of mathematics and science by high school students. Another AIP report published in 1989, Enrollments and Degrees, shows that after a decade in which the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in physics was inching slowly back upward toward its 1970 level, that number turned down again.

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