"Architecture aims at Eternity," proclaimed revered English architect Christopher Wren, never suspecting how damnably quotable those four words would become. Science also aims at eternity. If the Nobel Prize rewards seminal discovery, the Pritzker Prize, the architectural equivalent of a Nobel, honors timeless style. Both particle accelerators and cathedrals may, as nuclear physicist Alvin Weinberg suggested, be seen as symbols of cultural expression, but they are not equivalent as enduring aesthetic monuments.
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