“The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor Emiritus of physics Harold ‘Hal’ Lewis of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago).
Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence — it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists…”
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