Science: Penrose's Party

Wound up with a flourish in Washington last week was the 16th International Geological Congress: an eight-day series of conferences which was only one phase of an elaborate, expensive scientific party attended by 500 geologists from 25 nations. Nominally their host was the U. S. Geological Survey. Actually their host was a fellow geologist—far richer than the general run of scientists and dead two years.

Held every three or four years in various countries since the first convention in Paris (1878), the I. G. C. tries not only to reach international standards of...

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