Science: Death of a Navigator

Historians differ about which battles were really decisive and about which great men of history were really great. Few will differ about Italian-born Physicist Enrico Fermi, a great man of science who achieved the first nuclear chain reaction and thereby initiated the Atomic Age. This week in Chicago, Enrico Fermi, 53, died of cancer. If he had lived a few years longer, medical techniques growing out of his own discoveries might have rid him of his fatal disease.

Squash-Court Drama. The high point of Fermi's career is one of those rare events that will...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

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 TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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