Science: Dollars for Atoms

A successful scientific enterprise usually begins as a dream. Then there is a turning point at which it ceases to be a dream, begins to take on the lineaments of reality. The point may be the conquest of a crucial technical obstacle—as when Corning Glass Works succeeded in casting a 20-ton glass disc for Caltech's 200-inch telescope. Or it may be a crucial matter of dollars. Last week University of California's Ernest Orlando Lawrence, newest U. S. Nobel Prizeman, passed such a turning point when it was disclosed that the Rockefeller Foundation would give him $1,150,000 to smash atoms as atoms...

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