As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

In the 20th century, for better or worse, scientists sought not only to understand, but to control nature. Their desire to increase “the power of Man over Matter” had both life-saving and lethal effects. Some APS Members produced beneficial vaccines and medical technologies, while others helped to create devastating weapons like the atomic bomb. APS Members also developed computer technology that has become increasingly powerful, the effects of which are still being debated.

The far-reaching consequences of their work led many APS Members to question the impact and legacy of these discoveries. As it continues to promote useful knowledge, the APS also provides a forum for experts to debate how such knowledge can and should be used.