Table of Contents

In This Issue

Lessons from the Coalinga Earthquake
by Dennis Meredith
The director of Caltech's News Bureau interviews engineer Paul Jennings, one of a team of experts who visited the small California town immediately following last May's magnitude 6.5 earthquake.

A Night on Palomar Mountain — 1983
by John Gustafson
New instruments have changed the nature of the astronomer's once-solitary nights at the telescope.

Physics on the Tube
Making "The Mechanical Universe" takes inspiration and imagination from many sources.

William A. Fowler, Nobel Laureate 1983
A special insert on Caltech's 20th faculty member and/or alumnus and its 12th physicist to win a Nobel Prize.


Oral History
Robert P. Sharp looks back on a lot of geology — his years as a student at Caltech and as chairman of a division emerging into national prominence.

Research in Progress
Amorphous Alloys — Fading Fast

Random Walk
Space Orbiter — Fox Tale — Watson Lectures