Science: Gadgeteers Gather

In all his 81 years Samuel Finley Breese Morse never attended a National Inventors' Congress. Neither did Alexander Graham Bell, nor Thomas Alva Edison, nor Charles Proteus Steinmetz. Nevertheless hundreds of lesser inventors, any one of whom might become a Morse, a Bell or an Edison overnight, were assembled in Hollywood last week for the National Inventors' Congress. These were not the bigwigs of industrial and academic laboratories. They were the humble rank & file of U. S. idea men, indefatigable purveyors of small ingenuities, perpetual optimists who swell the total of U....

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