Science: The Big Money

Last week was Big Prize week for scientists. As usual, the greatest prestige, if not quite the biggest money, came with the Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry: $40,000 each.

The Parity Killers. Two young Chinese living in the U.S., Drs. Chen Ning Yang and Tsung Dao Lee, split the Nobel physics prize for destroying the principle of "Conservation of Parity," on which a good deal of modern physics had been based. The principle says that objects which are mirror images of each other must obey the same physical rules. As Drs. Yang and Lee dug deep into the mysteries of the...

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