SCIENCE YEAR BOOK OF 1948 by J.D.- Ed. Ratcliff

SCIENCE YEAR BOOK OF 1948

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The seventh compilation of new horizons of science, from popular as well as professional magazines. Here are the performances and the unsolved puzzles in the areas of medicine, astronomy, physics, chemistry; here is the progress and the stand-stills in discoveries for treating anemia, heart disease, cancer, ulcers, old age; the new instruments in telescopes, methods for working man-made eclipses and hurricane control; the electric computers that almost think, the possibilities of lightning in connection with food; the sensitivity of the Geiger counter, advances in television, the uses of the Silicones, the synthetic fuels; the invention of the quick picture cameras; new uses of color and scent; Northrop's Flying Wing and its commercial future, the need for slow flying planes; the possibility of a trip to Venus and the Moon; how weather can be made globally; what volcanic activity may mean; the importance of cycles, and so on. The introduction stresses the importance -- not covered in subsequent text- of cheap oxygen- of rutin for apoplexy, of streptomycin as a cure for tuberculosis. For the layman-predictable market.

Publisher: Doubleday