Science: Neutron Man

In June 1934 a distinguished Italian audience, including King Vittorio Emanuele, was told that Professor Enrico Fermi, theoretical and experimental physicist of the University of Rome, had artificially created a chemical element heavier than uranium.

Last week in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that this year's Nobel Prize for Physics would go to Professor Fermi. This highest honor a physicist can win is worth more than $40,000 at current exchange rates.

Although the uranium atom was the most massive in the standard table of 92 elements, there was no theoretical reason why...

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