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Medical News & Perspectives
December 26, 2001

Nobel Laureates Enlighten a Collegiate Town

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JAMA. 2001;286(24):3069-3070. doi:10.1001/jama.286.24.3069-JMN1226-3-1

St Peter, Minn—Gustavus Adolphus College hosted its 37th Nobel Conference, "What Is Still to Be Discovered," in this centennial year of the Nobel Prizes. Reflecting on the past century of awards and looking into the future of scientific inquiry, Nobel laureates in the biological sciences and other disciplines prognosticated for students, faculty, and 6000 guests, who doubled this college town's population for 2 days in October.

Roald Hoffman, PhD, poet, playwright, and 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, said that "science must be singled out, as it has value to humanity in material and spiritual ways." He urged that all people allow science into their lives because "it is democratizing in the greatest sense of the word," and said the spiritual aspects of science "are of no material value but make the human spirit soar."

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