Education: Summer Scholars

At Cooper Union's engineering campus in northern New Jersey, 29 high school seniors learned about semiconductors by building their own transistor radios. At the University of California at Los Angeles, 20 straight-A secondary-school students filled notebooks with the theory of computers as expounded by visiting Professor Norbert (Cybernetics) Wiener himself. At Northwestern's engineering labs in Evanston, 96 boys and girls studied why quicksand becomes quick, and found out the most economical way of sifting and smelting a pile of copper ore.

Like 5,974 other gifted high school youngsters on 105 U.S. campuses, these teen-agers are going to college this summer. They are...

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