AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 95. The Future of the AAS (and of Astronomy)
Special, Oral, Thursday, June 3, 1999, 10:00-11:30am, Grand Ballroom

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[95.02] The AAS: Its Next 100 Years

S. Wolff (NOAO)

The AAS: Its Next Hundred Years

"We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy."-- Simon Newcomb, 1888.

The best way to celebrate the centennial of the AAS is to look forward, not backward, and to begin planning for the next 100 years. However, predicting the future is even more difficult than it was in Newcomb's time. We live in an era characterized by an unprecedented rate of change in the kinds of scientific questions we ask, the tools we use to answer them, and the way we communicate our results. This talk will highlight some of the issues that we will face as a community during the next 10--but not the next 100!--years and suggests that the AAS has a fundamental role to play in shaping the community response to these issues.

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