Music: Atom Overture

Arthur Roberts of the University of Rochester is a man with two abiding interests: nuclear physics and music. While studying for his M.A. at Columbia in the '30s, he also found time to get a diploma at Manhattan School of Music. Even while working in the radiation laboratory at M.I.T. during the war, he managed to write a piano sonata, a quartet, two worthy operettas and some good-humored songs, including one called The Cyclotronist's Nightmare.

Last week Physicist Roberts' newest composition, An Overture for the Dedication of a Nuclear Reactor, got a fitting first...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!