A world-renowned mathematician,
Prof Yau Shing-Tung received his undergraduate education in
Hong Kong before going to UC Berkeley to study under the supervision
of Prof Shiing Shen Chern. In 1982, his accomplishments in
partial differential equations and algebraic geometry garnered
him a Fields Medal, regarded as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
He is currently the Chair Professor of Mathematics at Harvard,
as well as Director of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences
at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Prof Yau's lecture, titled "The Path to
Learning", took place on 11 November in the Lam Woo Lecture
Theater. Prof Yau quoted extensively from Chinese classical
works, illustrating how one may establish a positive outlook
on life and learning by drawing inspiration from culture.
The one-hour lecture drew an attentive audience, among whom
were 100 secondary school students.
"Culture affects the way a scholar conducts
his research," Prof Yau said, attributing America's academic
success to the nation's multi-cultural milieu. In addition
to culture, Prof Yau also acknowledged the importance of passion,
curiosity, and perseverance in scholarly pursuits.