Science: World War III Preview?

Cabled a U.S. correspondent last week: "They are just as frightening today as they were the first night." Some Britons and propagandists still bravely belittled the "buzz-bombs." But the world's scientists were not taking them so lightly. None asserted that the new weapon would seriously affect the outcome of World War II, but many regarded the buzz-bombing of England as a crude preview of World War III.

Many a scientist was sure that it was only a question of time—perhaps five or ten years—before vastly bigger, farther-flying bombs can be dropped accurately on...