Science: Cornell Congress

Present day industrial civilization was born with the electric generator. England's great, famed Michael Faraday, nearly 100 years ago made this epochal discovery. Until last week, however, few in the U. S. knew precisely how he did it.

When the American Physical Society met last week at Cornell University (Ithaca, N. Y.) they were read momentous pages from Faraday's unpublished diary. The reader: Sir William Bragg, onetime Nobel Prizeman, England's foremost living physicist, who owns the diary.*

Century ago most people considered electricity the product of...

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