Science: Deep Dip

In 1934, when Dr. William Beebe made his record ocean descent in his baby blue Bathysphere off Bermuda, he had to stop at 3,028 feet because the cable was about to run out. As he crawled out on deck after being pulled up, Scientist Beebe announced: "I'll tell the world that this is the last time I'll attempt record-breaking dives which really have no scientific value."

On that trip Beebe had a helper. Harvardman Otis Barton, who designed and built the Bathysphere, took notes and pictures while Beebe was reporting to the surface over special telephone equipment. Last week after an interim...

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