The Beauty of Science:Interview with Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek by Professor Shou-Cheng Zhang

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What great triumphs were in the history of science based on the Ancient Greeks’ spirit?
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How the artificial intelligence expresses the beauty of science?
Professor Shou-Cheng Zhang interviewed the Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek to explore the beauty of science in past and future.


Shou-Cheng Zhang

“I am spending the time interviewing a famous physicist. In your graduate work, you’ve already made a major discovery, eventually you won the Nobel Prize. And your interests are broad within physics, you are interested in particle physics and made original contribution, and also in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, quantum physics and even broader, you are interested in art and philosophy. I am a passionate reader of your Wall Street Journal articles and your books, and also you write popular books to communicate science to the broad audience. So that is why we do the kind of thing to interview at today, the book is about the beautiful question. Basically, the book conveys the idea that why as we research for the ultimate truth, we always also find beauty at the same time. So my first question to you is that Frank, you have written quite a number of popular books, communicating science to the broad audience, what motivates you to write this current book ‘A Beautiful Question’ ?”

Frank Wilczek

“Well, as time goes on, I understand things more and more deeply, and in many ways also more and more simply. I try to understand, to strip away more and more complexity and accidents about the structure of the world, and get down to the deep lessons that are increasing knowledge has taught us. So, although many lessons are about the facts of nature, other lessons are about the kinds of questions like people have called ‘philosophy’ or ’theology’, or ‘metaphysics’. What is the truth? What is the purity? Why is the world way it is? What do we learn when we get down to the most basic description of nature?...”



  Interview Video

“A Beautiful Question”

Does the universe embody beautiful ideas?

Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this “beautiful question.” With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry—harmony, balance, proportion—and economy. There are other meanings of “beauty,” but this is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.

Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. It is a dazzling and important work from one of our best thinkers, whose humor and infectious sense of wonder animate every page. Yes: The world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.



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