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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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108 I Dialogue gyring: No, it means that the discovery of photoelectric effect was clean cut. It was true; it was a discovery you could write something simple about, and it was his. All of those things go into a Nobel prize. They tend to give the prize to people who have done other important things, but they ordinarily identify it with some specific contribution. Kimball: The head of one of the departments at the University of Wisconsin mentioned that he thought you ought to have had the Nobel prize long ago. Eyring: I am available. Kimball: Have you made some kind of specific contribution that might attract their attention? Eyring: Possibly the reaction rate theory. Although I made it almost forty years ago, it might fall in that category. Kimball: Wouldn't it be embarrassing for them to go back that far? It would be something of an admission that they waited a generation too long. Eyring: They sometimes make the award for overall contributions. A case could be made for the idea that reaction rate theory has been the most influential concept in chemistry since its formulation. And my work on theories of liquids might also be considered. Kimball: Is there anyone, outside science, you particularly admire? Eyring: I admire your father. He is a remarkable man. He seems to me a selfless person who has found something to serve that is bigger than himself. I think that is always a great thing. Kimball: He works at the Church much as you work at chemistry. Eyring: The same way. He forgets himself in it. He is a great man. I know others. I know many people in the Church for whom I have that kind of feeling, but none that I know who are more devoted than your father and my mother. My mother had that same quality of selflessness. Kimball: What is most important to you? Eyring: I think the gospel and my family and friends. And I enjoy science. I am interested in it like some people get interested in a game, or in making money. It is fun to try and understand how things fit together. Life is to me an exciting game, and the concept of eternal progression which the gospel teaches gives meaning to it all.