Education: Razors at the Frontier

The materials were certainly simple enough—a piece of baling wire, a razor blade, some copper foil. But, explained a distinguished M.I.T. physicist one day last week, they were just about all that any schoolboy would need to build himself a device that could measure the amount of silver deposited in electroplating. In another room in M.I.T.'s sprawling Building 2, a colleague toyed with a tray of marbles to demonstrate molecular action. Near by, another scientist was making a telescope out of cheap lenses, curtain rings, a cardboard cylinder, and some pieces of hose...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!