Foreign News: Everybody's Conscience

The London Times called Geoffrey Nathaniel Pyke "one of the most original if unrecognized figures of the present century." London University Physicist J. D. Bernal said he was "one of the greatest . . . geniuses of his time." What made Pyke so extraordinary was his consistent belief that a human being could reason his way through any problem. That belief rammed Geoffrey Pyke's bald head into—and sometimes through—one stone wall after another.

Fabulous Failure. In 1914 Pyke, a Cambridge graduate, walked into the London Daily Chronicle and asked for a job. German armies were then surging through Belgium and the editor...