Science: Chemists

The Humpty-Dumpty world of matter has had a great fall in the past two decades. But all the king's chemists and physicists become annually more adroit at putting Humpty together again, a bigger and better fellow than ever before. Several hundred chemists convened last week in Philadelphia for the Golden Jubilee of the American Chemical Society (TIME, Sept. 13) and it was upon putting-together (synthesis) that much of their talk ran.

Synthetic Italy. There was Prince Piero Ginori Conti of Italy, who described the taming of waterfalls and hot volcanic springs in the...

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