高等研究院Institute forAdvanced Study
Fast Changing World:How can we adapt?
Prof. Dr. Hyuk Yu
Visiting Professor, IAS
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
About the Speaker
Hyuk Yu is currently the Walter H. Stockmayer Professor Emeritus and the Eastman Kodak Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who joined the Department in 1967. He received B.S. (chemical engineering, Seoul National University) in 1955, Master’s (organic chemistry, USC) in 1958, & Ph. D. (physical chemistry, Princeton) in 1962. Since his formal retirement on 2004, he has been active in technical consulting and teaching at various venues.
He has been recognized for many contributions with the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 1992, the Polymer Physics Prize of American Physical Society in 1994, the Distinguished Services to Polymer Science Award of the Society of Polymer Science-Japan in 1997, Langmuir Lecture Prize of the Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry of American Chemical Society in 1999, and many others.
This is to share my personal perception of the fast changing world with the community of IAS, Shenzhen University. Focus is to address the students of IAS how should they prepare for the uncertain world that they are facing today. A caveat is simple. It is my own perspective, neither claiming to be universal nor widely accepted. Hope is to inform them of a view.
There is no clairvoyant source of wisdom to predict the future. It is anybody’s guess. Only constant is the onrush of changes hitherto unforeseen. Thus, history is of little help. We can be vigilant, but no one tells us how to be. My first dictum is to be alert at all times, and be a keen observer of all things human. Science and technology is a human enterprise, hence it is inherently intertwined with human conditions. It brings about a baggage of fad and fashion that can be ephemeral at times. I offer my stern warning: Do not be suckered into a persistent whirlpool of global hyperboles.
I will review the state of science & technology of the world, with specific pivots on the East Asia. Second, I will try to share my prognosis for where China stands relative to the rest of the world. In so doing, I hope to impart to our students what is expected of them. Finally, I will close with some information about the quality of technical and scientific training in US.
All are welcome！