22 Nov 2012 (Thursday)

Two honorary doctorate recipients share their achievement and vision
兩位榮譽博士領受人分享成就與理念


Professor Glauber (left) reviews the development of quantum mechanics, Professor Li (right) introduces the historical bamboo strip writings
羅伊•格勞伯教授(左)重溫量子力學理論,李學勤教授(右)則介紹戰國竹簡

The University held two “Brilliance of Civilization” public lectures this week at which Professor Roy Glauber, who received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science, and Professor Li Xueqin, who received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, , were invited to speak. On Tuesday (20 November) Professor Glauber shared on “200 years of light waves, 100 years of light quanta” and yesterday (21 November), Professor Li spoke on “The Tsinghua Bamboo Strip Writings and Early Chinese Civilization”.

 

Professor Glauber’s lecture was attended by around 150 guests, scholars, University staff and students, and secondary school students. In his lecture, he briefed the audience on the significant impact on the current development of quantum optics of several renowned scholars and their theories in quantum mechanics since 1802. Professor Glauber also used the example of how radio signal-detecting devices had been made much smaller over the years to explain that it would take many ideas, exercises, stages of development, and even generations of inventions to make research and theory come together gracefully.

 

Professor Li Xueqin introduced the bamboo strip writings of the Warring States Period possessed by Tsinghua University, including the process of cleansing and identifying them as well as writing reports. He also spoke about the significance of this collection. With AMS radiocarbon dating, it was found that the bamboo strip writings were relics of about BC 305 years, that is, the late mid-Warring States Period. The discovery of the Tsinghua Bamboo Strip Writings was the third major discovery of classical and historical literature in Chinese history.

大學本周舉行了兩場榮譽博士誌慶活動「文明的光輝」公開講座,剛獲頒榮譽理學博士學位的羅伊•格勞伯教授和榮譽文學博士學位的李學勤教授獲邀演說。格勞伯教授在周二(十一月二十日)主講「200 years of light waves, 100 years of light quanta」,李學勤教授則於昨天(十一月二十一日)主講「清華簡與古代文明」。

 

羅伊•格勞伯教授的講座吸引了大約一百五十名嘉賓、學者、大學師生和中學生參加。在講座中分享自一八零二年,多位著名的量子力學學者與其重要理論如何影響現今的光學研究。格勞伯教授亦以無線信號探測器,由從前很大面積的儀器,演變到今天極微細的探測器的例子,說明每項研究都需要經過許多意念構思、不同階段的發展,甚至幾個世代的演變,方能匯聚成今天的理論。

 

李學勤教授在講座上介紹了清華大學收藏的戰國竹簡,包括「清華簡」的清洗污物、鑑定及整理報告的工作,並談及「清華簡」的重要意義。該批竹簡經過AMS碳十四年代測定,證明是公元前約305年,即戰國中期偏晚時期的文物。「清華簡」的發現是中國第三次經史典籍的重大發現。
 

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