THE ATOMIC AGE: Russian Cosmos

General Electric's tough-minded,soft-spoken Nobelman, Dr. Irving Langmuir, said last week that Russia might win an atomic race if the world let itself in for one.

In such a race, Russia would depend largely on two scientists: big, bulky Abram Feodorovitch Joffe, distinguished for work in electronics and molecular physics; and Dr. Peter Kapitza, who visited Moscow in 1935, after 13 years at Britain's Cambridge, and was refused permission to leave when he made ready to return. Tweedy, pipe-smoking Peter Kapitza has been there ever since, and he said he was perfectly happy when Dr. Langmuir saw him in Moscow...

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