The US played host in July to the XXIV International Physics Olympiad, in which 201 top high school physics students from 41 nations competed in theoretical and experimental exams. Although the weeklong event, held this year in Williamsburg, Virginia, naturally fosters some international rivalry, its purpose is just as much to build friendships around a common interest in physics. The US organizing committee worked particularly hard to promote these friendships (see the summary on pages 42–43 by Arthur Eisenkraft, the executive director of the XXIV Olympiad.)

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