Science: Light on the Future

In perhaps the calmest burst of amazing prophecy on record, General Electric's famed Physicist-Chemist Irving Langmuir recently predicted that man would some day speed up to 5,000 miles an hour in a vacuum tube. He thought it would be perfectly possible to build an airtight vehicle, magnetically suspended in the tube and electronically controlled, in which travelers might zip from New York to San Francisco in an hour.

Though such an achievement may be far away, the fantastic new possibilities of electricity and electronics have already been widely apparent both in war and industry (TIME, Feb. 8 et seq.). Last week Westinghouse...

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