Science: Tomorrow

At Chicago's Century of Progress a young chemical engineer who teaches at Yale went about inspecting the welter of exhibits purporting to show what Science had done for Mankind. What he saw did not impress Engineer Clifford Cook Furnas. The festoons of electric lights, he knew, burned with an efficiency of less than 2%. The television was blurry. The loudspeakers were squawky. There were sleek, fast automobiles which converted less than a tenth of their fuel into motive power. Display after display recounted the triumphs of medicine while a preventable outbreak of amebic...

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