Science: The Infant Science of Old Age

And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;

And thereby hangs a tale.

Even today scientists know very little more than Shakespeare knew 341 years ago about how the rotting goes on. So last week, biological chemists at the Atlantic City meeting of the American Chemical Society took stock of man's knowledge of aging and agreed it was high time scientists learned more.

The death rate is lowest for children at the age of ten and rises thereafter with age. If it did not increase, the national death rate would be only one-tenth...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!