Science: The Versatile Midgets

The most exciting new development in electronics is the transistor, a tiny, simple device that can do the work of most vacuum tubes. Transistors are generally mounted in plastic or metal for easy handling, but the essential works of the smallest models are only one tenth of an inch long and fifteen-thousandths of an inch in diameter, hardly big enough to see without squinting. Last week Dr. A. E. Anderson of Bell Telephone Laboratories told a Manhattan meeting of the American Association of Aeronautical Engineers about the latest transistor progress. The airmen listened intently, because modern aircraft, especially military models, carry...

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