THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Black Holes and Martian Valleys

Jimmy Carter's memos sometimes have the margins crowded with his slide-rule jottings and formulas of physical phenomena. He has pondered what his responsibilities might be in case communication with beings beyond our galaxy can be established. He will soon launch a deep study of American innovation. Question: Can this nation continue to think and invent its way to preeminence? We have slipped in the past few years, but not yet fatally.

Carter has seized one or two of the few odd moments of presidential quietude he has to put his eye to his...

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