Power: The World's New Temples

Henry Adams described the dynamo as modern man's equivalent of the medieval Virgin, and Rudyard Kipling celebrated its strength in Song of the Dynamo. Prime Minister Nehru has urged his countrymen to make pilgrimages to their "new temples": the dams and power plants rising across the face of India. In 1964 the world is hungry for electric power as never beforeĀ—and is struggling to overcome a shortage of it. From Singapore, where new entrepreneurs hawk the output of 10-kw. mobile generators, to Switzerland, where ancient glaciers help turn turbines as they melt,...

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