Science: From Plastics to Pulsars

Trying to understand the universe around them, some scientists have sought to unlock the secrets of the atoms and molecules that quite literally make up just about everything under the sun —and beyond it as well. Others have sought this understanding by peering into the remotest reaches of space. Both groups of explorers were recognized last week when the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the 1974 Nobel Prizes for Chemistry and Physics. It gave the chemistry award to Professor Paul J. Flory, 64, of Stanford University, for his studies of macromole-cules, or...

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