Newsletter No. 307

第 307 期 2007 年 11 月 19 日 No. 307 19 November 2007 第三零七期 二零零七年十一月十九日 No. 307 19 November 2007 香 港特别行政区财政司司长曾俊华先生于 11月2日莅临大学,担任逸夫书院聚会的 嘉宾讲者,以「领导与承担」为题,与1,500名中 大学生分享精辟意见。 曾局长在会上勉励年轻人多了解社会情况,并承 担起社会责任,为弱势社群服务、为社会的不平 等情况抱不平。所谓「承担」,是对国家及社会 有感情、有关怀,希望自己生活的地方更美好, 愿意在工作和读书以外花时间去了解社会的事 务。他寄望大学生把聪明才智用于解决香港以 至全球的种种困难,而大学正是培养关怀社会的 起点。 是次讲座为逸夫书院通识课程的一部分,旨在扩 阔学生的学术视野及促进不同学系师生的交流。 T he Honourable John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, shared his views on ‘Leadership and Commitment’ with some 1,500 students at the assembly of Shaw College on 2 November. Mr. Tsang encouraged young people to learn more about the society they live in, to be socially committed, and to stand up against injustice. By ‘commitment’, he referred to concern for and attachment to one’s country and society, the wish to improve one’s city of residence, and the willingness to learn more about it. He expressed the desire to see university students use their intelligence and knowledge to find solutions to problems plaguing Hong Kong and the world, and the university is where concern for society is first cultivated. The talk was part of the general education programme of Shaw College, the aim of which is to expand students’ perspectives and foster interdisciplinary exchange. 财政司司长曾俊华 论领导与承担 Financial Secretary Talks on Leadership & Commitment 两 位诺贝尔物理学奖得主—杨振宁教授及马丁 ‧ 佩尔教授于10月25日亲临中大,出席新鸿基地产(新 地)和中大第八度举办的「新鸿基地产诺贝尔奖得奖学人杰出讲座系列」,与逾500名学者、政商界 领袖、学生及公众人士分享锲而不舍的求学精神。 中大校长刘遵义教授感谢新地的支持,他深信诺贝尔奖学人的广博见识、他们追求学问的热诚及对世界的深 切关注,可激发学术思维。「透过讲座系列,我们希望鼓励探讨知识,并加以传播。」 两位享誉国际的讲者,其顶尖的研究成果均对基本粒子物理学影响深远。杨振宁教授以「宇称不守恒: 1957年的震撼」为题,讲述在半世纪之前如何与李政道教授对前人牢固的定论提出质疑,在一片否定的声音 中,本着虽千万人吾往矣的精神,孜孜不倦地求证,奋力突破,建立新的学说,指出「宇称守恒」并非普遍 的自然定律而获得诺贝尔奖;这项伟大发现成为战后60年内物理学发展史上一个重要的转捩点。当年寻求真 理的历程由他亲身道来,更是别具意义。 在1995年获颁殊荣的马丁 ‧ 佩尔教授,讲述「如何培养科技创意」。一切皆有定律的科学天地与天马行空的创 意,两者本质上是矛盾的。佩尔教授从定律的限制、创意的可行性和科学理论的覆盖面等角度,分析两者怎 样可相辅相成,甚至有助突破现有学说。他的演说为科学研究带来启迪。 T wo renowned Nobel Laureates in Physics, Prof. Yang Chen Ning and Prof. Martin L. Perl, shared their passion for knowledge with Hong Kong in the eighth instalment of the Sun Hung Kai Properties Nobel Laureates Distinguished Lectures on 25 October at CUHK. Jointly organized by Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and CUHK, the lecture attracted over 500 academics, political and business leaders, students and members of the public. CUHK Vice-Chancellor Prof. Lawrence J. Lau expressed thanks to SHKP for its generous support for the lecture series. He said, ‘We believe that the Nobel Laureates’ passion for knowledge, vision, and concern for humanity will invigorate the intellectual community, and their accomplishments will inspire all to strive for excellence. Through these lectures, we hope to encourage discovery and dissemination of knowledge.’ The two eminent speakers have both made significant contributions to elementary particle physics. Prof. Yang spoke on the process of discovering parity nonconservation in weak interactions in his lecture ‘The Great Excitement in 1957 about Parity Nonconservation’. He recounted how half a century ago, he and Prof. Lee Tsung Dao questioned the thinking of the scientific community and proposed that parity may not be conserved in weak interactions—the forces long thought to cause elementary particles to disintegrate. The courageous challenge to established theories and their perseverance had led to one of the most important discoveries in the field of physics since World War II and won them the Nobel Prize. In his lecture ‘Developing Creativity and Innovation in Engineering and Science’, Prof. Perl examines how creativity can find its space in the orderly world of science, and how the two can complement each other and even bring about breakthroughs. His analysis from perspectives such as the limitations of the laws of science, the feasibility of creativity, and the scope of scientific theories is inspiring for scientific research and development. 校长刘遵义教授(右二)及新鸿基地产执行董事陈钜源先生(左一)致送纪念品予两位讲者,左二为杨振宁教授, 右一为马丁 ‧ 佩尔教授 Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lawrence J. Lau (2nd right) and SHKP executive director Mr. Thomas Chan (1st left) present souvenirs to Nobel Laureates, Prof. Yang Chen Ning (2nd left) and Prof. Martin L. Perl (1st right) 诺贝尔物理学人分享求学精神 Nobel Physicists Share Passion for Knowledge

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