ChenNing Yang Quotes and Sayings  Page 1

“In 1975, ... [speaking with Shiing Shen Chern], I told him I had finally learned ... the beauty of fiberbundle theory and the profound ChernWeil theorem. I said I found it amazing that gauge fields are exactly connections on fiber bundles, which the mathematicians developed without reference to the physical world. I added, "this is both thrilling and puzzling, since you mathematicians dreamed up these concepts out of nowhere." He immediately protested: "No, no. These concepts were not dreamed up. They were natural and real."”
 ChenNing Yang 
“Nature seems to take advantage of the simple mathematical representations of the symmetry laws. When one pauses to consider the elegance and the beautiful perfection of the mathematical reasoning involved and contrast it with the complex and farreaching physical consequences, a deep sense of respect for the power of the symmetry laws never fails to develop.”
 ChenNing Yang 
“In the final analysis, the incident is seen as originating from an emotional expression of the frustration and anger of the proud people of China who had been subject to ever increasing oppression from without and decadent corruption from within.”
 ChenNing Yang 
“I should like to say that I am as proud of my Chinese heritage and background as I am devoted to modern science, a part of human civilization of Western origin, to which I have dedicated and I shall continue to dedicate my work.”
 ChenNing Yang 
“In the latter half of the last century the impact of the expanding influence of Western culture and economic system brought about in China a severe conflict.”
 ChenNing Yang 
“There are only two kinds of math books: Those you cannot read beyond the first sentence, and those you cannot read beyond the first page.”
 ChenNing Yang 
“I was later to receive an excellent first two years' graduate education in the same University and then again was able to pursue my studies in the U.S. on a fellowship from the aforementioned fund.”
 ChenNing Yang 
“The question was heatedly debated of how much Western culture should be brought into China.”
 ChenNing Yang
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