AAPT Celebrates PSSC's 50th Birthday
In 1956 MIT physics professor Jerrold Zacharias formed PSSC, the Physical Sciences Study Committee, and launched what became America's largest effort ever to reshape how physics was taught in high schools.
The impact of PSSC was world wide. By the early 1960s more than twenty percent of all high school teachers of physics were involved in this project. PSSC produced a major new text book, more than fifty extraordinary movies, a sequence of lab materials that has not been equaled, and a series of short books describing in an engaging and insightful way many different aspects of physics -- crystal growing, waves and beaches, how a TV works, neutrons, electrons, the universe, and the physicists who led the way to deeper understanding of a fascinating variety of phenomena.
As you read any piece of this collection, you will see that PSSC had enormous impact on physics teaching, not just in high school but at all levels, and not just in America, but all over the world.
Many questions you might ask about PSSC are answered by the analyses, reflections, and recollections of the authors of this AAPT on-line publication assembled to celebrate PSSC’s fiftieth birthday.
Carl Berger - PSSC Birthday Remembrance
Chris Chiaverina - Teaching PSSC Physics: A Remembrance of Things Past
Leon Cooper - PSSC: Hearing the Music
John H. Dodge - PSSC PHYSICS: By One Who Saw It from Beginning to End
A. P. French - Discovering the PSSC: A Personal Memoir
Edwin L. Goldwasser - Reminiscences: PSSC Experiences Revisited
Tom Greenslade - A Summer with PSSC
Uri Haber-Schaim - PSSC PHYSICS: A Personal Perspective
Dick Heckathorn - How PSSC Shaped My Teaching
Jim Hicks - PSSC Reflections
Karen Kwitter - Happy Birthday PSSC
Peter Lindenfeld - From New Brunswick to Tirupati with PSSC
Jane Bray Nelson - PSSC: a Student Perspective
Jim Nelson - PSSC and me
John S. Rigden - With PSSC, Teachers and Students Had To Think
McLaurin Smith-Williams - Twenty Seven Years with PSSC
Robert Stair - Thoughts on My Experiences with PSSC Physics
Arnold A. Strassenberg - An Ode to PSSC
Cliff Swartz - When PSSC came to Long Island