Science: Prizewinners on Secrecy

Is the progress of science in the U.S. being held up by unnecessary secrecy? To find out, Missouri Democrat Thomas C. Hennings Jr., chairman of the Senate's Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, wrote to all living U.S. scientists who have won Nobel Prizes. Last week Senator Hennings released replies from three chemists, six physicists, eight men in medicine or physiology. Their consensus: yes.

Sample comments:

¶Columbia's Dickinson W. Richards, 1956 prizewinner for his work in cardiology: "Every scientist suffers when there is any restriction, at any level, to the free exchange of knowledge. Except insofar...

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