Naval War College Review


Philip Handler


It has been quite a year-the 100th anniversaries of Albert Einstein and Oerk Maxwell and the I 00th anniversary of the electric light. And it has fallen my lot to participate in special ceremonies commemorating each of those events. The combination of Maxwell and Edison made for one of the most notable transition points in the history of our species-the gift of electrical power and of light to mankind an event comparable with the beginnings of agriculture, the early refining of metals, and the invention of the printing press. Yesterday's discoveries and inventions are so easily accepted as today's commonplace, and taken for granted, that it is imperative that we seek special occasions to mark the great triumphs of the human spirit.