The spherical shell, the deformed shell, “infinite nuclear matter,” the droplet—each of these models provides a simplification that can be useful, in appropriate circumstances, to the study of the nucleus.
Despite growing financial pressures in 1968, the American Institute of Physics added people and space to provide better service to physicists and to experiment with new and better methods. The annual report provides details on a busy year.
Which approach to fusion looks best? A leading member of the Soviet Academy, in conversations with James L. Tuck and Gloria B. Lubkin, evaluated progress in the US and USSR and offered his own list of priorities for fusion research.