Science: Mechanical Men

Last week several thousand members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and delegations from 15 foreign countries arrived in Manhattan, unpacked suitcases, settled down to celebrate the Society's 50th anniversary.

The program included a one-act play depicting the founding of the Society, a pageant of engineering progress written by Yale's George Pierce Baker, dozens of speeches, the presentation of a score of medals.

Engineers have sometimes been as soundly damned as they are highly praised for bringing on the Machine Age; for taking men from their small home "factories" to work...

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