In 1979, Shing-Tung Yau, then a mathematician at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, was visiting China and asked the authorities for permission to visit his birthplace, Shantou, a mountain town in Guangdong Province.
At first they refused, saying the town was not on the map. Finally, after more delays and excuses, Dr. Yau found himself being driven on a fresh dirt road through farm fields to his hometown, where the citizens slaughtered a cow to celebrate his homecoming. Only long after he left did Dr. Yau learn that the road had been built for his visit.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The Imperial Style Part Deux
The New York Times has an article on Shing-Tung Yau- the "Emperor of Math", who was recently involved in controversy with Grigory Perelman.
A fascinating tale.