Nobel Prizes: Magic, Matter and Money

Pioneers who have explored four aspects of reality


Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda (a 1971 Nobel laureate) once honored his colleague's work as "the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since the Don Quixote of Cervantes." The Swedish Academy echoed that judgment when it awarded Colombian Author Gabriel García Márquez, 54, the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature last week. "His novels and short stories," reads the citation, combine the fantastic and the realistic "in a richly composed world of the imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts."

It was one of those fitting occasions when the award did not have overtones...

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