The somewhat supercilious voice from the telephone receiver presumed that the position of the decimal point was a typographical error. In the course of the next day or so, two more voices of varied inflections, representing successively higher echelons in the editorial hierarchy of a popular periodical, raised the same question and accepted assurance with equal reluctance. The difficulty was the record of a Research Corporation grant of $5,000 made to the University of California in 1931 to assist E. O. Lawrence in constructing a cyclotron. From the perspective of 1948 there just weren't enough zeros in this figure for it to be of significance in the same sentence as the word cyclotron.

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