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Fifty Years of the Laser

Admittedly, I'm a big fan of words that start out as obscure acronyms (such as Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation) and make their way into the public light, no longer being treated with all caps as they once were. A bonus, really, in this case for then being able to verbify the word and tell people that you got your eyeballs lased last week (no, not lasered, sorry).

This fiftieth anniversary of the laser is a big deal then, not just because we like lasers but because they make our lives better in all sorts of ways. If you like, read a couple thousand words about the advent of the laser and note the interesting people who like and use lasers in their research. Most importantly though, visit LaserFest, the APS' year-long celebration of the laser and look through the list of modern technologies we've been given due to the laser. ]