Science: War in the Laboratories

In modern warfare, one hundred trained physicists may be more valuable than one million infantrymen.

With this judgment of Chicago's famed Physicist Arthur Holly Compton, U.S. scientists and military authorities agree. And this week not 100 but some 1,500 U.S. physicists—one out of every four—are absorbed with problems of defense. Furthermore, Director Henry Askew Barton of the American Institute of Physics estimated that research recruits are being inducted at the rate of 100 a month. Steadily the state of physical research in the U.S. is approaching that in Great Britain. There, reported Harvard's President James Bryant Conant, "All research in physics,...

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