Dr. Tsung-Dao Lee (left): Let's be the
best matchmakers, shall we?
Dr Lee is chatting with China’s maestro artist Wu Guanzhong
The happily grinning man on the left in the photo has turned
80. Can you believe that?
He’s undoubtedly a Longevity Star (老寿星). And he’s not just
any other LS, but the world renowned scientist. The fact
that he looks so young and so energetic may have something
to do with him being a top expert on high energy neutrino
physics – just a guess. But what is certain is, yes, he’s
Dr. Tsung-Dao Lee (Li Zhengdao 李政道), the chief architect
of the solvable model of quantum field theory, known as the
Lee Model, and the 1957 Nobel Price winner
Born and grew up in Shanghai, he is, like maestro architect
I. M. Pei, a Suzhou native. So it makes sense that at the
party organised by Tsinghua University on Saturday celebrating
his 80th birthday, the maestro scientist talked about symmetry
violation science in the art of the scenic windows on the
buildings and verandas of the Suzhou gardens.
The traditional Chinese culture, as Dr. Lee has observed,
uses artistic presentation to express the essence of science
and philosophy, and pursues a harmonious state of union between
science, arts and philosophy. It is, he believes, also the
very objective of the modern science and arts.
To start with, as one of today’s foremost and pioneering
scientists in the world, his knowledge of and understanding
about the ancient Chinese culture is outstanding. So is his
artistic comprehension. In this regard, he is in the best
position to bring an inter-disciplines dialogue between the
science and the arts, the modern and the tradition, the Western
culture and the Eastern civilisation, and to create a blending
base for them.
(Original photo by 王嘉宁)
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