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For me this is one of the great attractions of mathematics, its ability to make imaginative leaps across disciplines. Long may it continue to do so. the abdus salam international centre for theoretical physics 43 One Hundred Reasons to be a Scientist SCIENCE OF THE XXI CENTURY Grigory I. Barenblatt Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA The leading nations of the XXI Century will be the countries where the great national and global problems will be understood and appreciated by the majority of their population.
In my family, only one cousin had any education beyond sixteen. It wasn’t a rich or a happy family: my father, who was a taxi-driver, was a violent man, and my mother spoiled her eyesight taking in sewing to make up for the money he gambled away. I was lucky to be born into a society where you didn’t have to be rich to get educated. Education is the key. Earlier, I wrote ‘himself or herself’. Half the world’s children are girls. Why is so much of their creative talent wasted? I have something to say about this.
So, by the middle of my freshman year, I had decided to shift my sights from experimental to theoretical physics. Along with Fred Goldhaber, who was to be my first year roommate in graduate school at Princeton, I took essentially the whole graduate course curriculum at Harvard during my junior and senior years. Memorable teachers at Harvard included Ed Purcell, Frank Pipkin, Paul Martin, and Julian Schwinger. As a result of my Harvard preparation, at Princeton I was able to take my General Exams at the end of the first year, and then to start thesis research with Sam Treiman at the beginning of my second year.
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