Science: The Mysterious Rays

A whole galaxy of cosmic ray experts gathered last week at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, to honor Nobel Prizeman Dr. Robert A. Millikan, 80, principal discoverer and namer of cosmic rays. Dr. Millikan, who was spry enough last summer to travel by station wagon from Texas to Canada observing cosmic rays, described the gathering as "a testimonial to my longevity and a kind of celebration of my passage through the portal leading into second childhood."

Dr. Millikan still sticks to his original long-held theory that cosmic rays come from the "annihilation of matter" (atoms turning into energy) somewhere out in...

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