DEEPER AND DEEPER—The day of the all-around naturalist is over.… Even within a specific discipline, such as genetics, no one person can be conversant with all of the literature in that field. This is an indication of rapid acceleration.… There have been many spectacular breakthroughs.… There has been no such rapid growth of knowledge in any previous period of history.—Dr. IRVING W. KNOBLOCH, “Biology,” Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, March, 1962, p. 25.

FASTER AND FASTER—A supersonic transport plane that will climb beyond 70,000 feet and cruise at a fantastic 2,000 m.p.h. is being planned by North American Aviation.—Advertisement, The Wall Street Journal, of a joint government-industry project whose development costs are put at $500 million to $1 billion.

DESCENDING INTO THE DEPTHS—A rugged and immobile kind of submarine, the Trieste, has already carried men 6.8 miles down to the bottom of the Pacific. But other men are trying to find ways for the free diver—the Scuba diver—to leave the confines of such machines to swim and work deep down.… Hannes Keller, a young Swiss scientist … has developed a secret mixture of gases which, breathed by the divers, enables them to descend to once-unheard-of depths.—“Death in the Depths, the Price for New Knowledge,” Life, Dec. 21, 1962.

PROBING THE MULTIVERSE—Mariner II has accomplished its mission in a way that constitutes a truly great moment in the history of man’s never-ending quest for more and more knowledge about his own solar system and the multiverse beyond it. In the words of Sir Bernard Lovell, Britain’s renowned astrophysicist, the event certainly deserves to be hailed as “by far the most splendid scientific achievement” recorded to date in the exploration of the ...

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