Session B5: Secrecy and Physics

10:45 AM–12:33 PM, Saturday, February 13, 2010
Room: Thurgood Marshall West

Sponsoring Units: FHP FPS AAPT
Chair: Peter Galison, Harvard University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.APR.B5.3

Abstract: B5.00003 : How Much Secrecy?

11:57 AM–12:33 PM

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  William Happer
    (Princeton University)

Some secrecy is needed to optimize the wellbeing of societies. This has been recognized since antiquity. It is also clear that too much secrecy is counterproductive. The right balance depends on how pluses and minuses of secrecy are weighed against other important values

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