Einstein Lecture and Radio Expert Talk with Prof. Ott and Prof. Fang
April 27, 2012 Einstein Lecture
Prof. HR Ott started his lecture "Einstein's Years in Switzerland - The start to an unmatched scientific career" with explaining why Einstein, born in Germany, decided to emigrate to Switzerland, and why he liked going to high-school in Aarau. He talked about Einstein's studies at the Federal Polytechnical School of Zurich and the difficult transition to professional life and his rescue in Berne.
Emphasizing the annus mirabilis in 1905, his life and work in Bern, Prof. HR Ott talked about Einstein's transition to his academic career in 1909, resulting in 3 professorships in Zurich and Prague over 6 years. He also described Einstein's main scientific interests during that time, and why he left Switzerland for Berlin, reviewing on his accomplishments there and how he became an "pop star" and a internationally known figure. Prof. HR Ott concluded the lecture by talking about Einstein's last years.
About 150 visitors attended the lecture at Jianghan University Wuhan, and took benefit of the presence of the Einstein-Expert. Lots of questions regarding Einstein's private life had been asked.
Pictures of the Event:
Professor HR Ott, talking about Einstein's life, his career in the lecture hall of Jianghan University Wuhan
Professor HR Ott, answering various questions from the audience, group picture after the lecture
April 28, 2012 Einstein Expert Talk on Wuhan Radio FM 105.8
Open to the public, Prof. HR Ott and Prof. Zaiqing Fang shared their expertise on Albert Einstein's life at the Guan Rong Mall in Wuhan. The Talk was broadcasted by Wuhan Radio FM 105.8 from their out door, placed in the center of the mall, with the goal to promote the exhibition and to share information about Albert Einstein's life from the experts present. This format has been newly created with the E+ Program. The first radio talk was broadcasted on March 31, 2012.
Pictures of the Event:
The out door studio, in the center of the mall. The two moderators presenting the show.
Prof. Ott and Prof. Fang watching the show, and answering questions about Einstein's life
Professor Hans Rudolf Ott, Swiss, was full professor of physics at ETH Zurich from 1986 to 2005 and has been professor emeritus since then. In that time he was the founding head of the condensed matter division of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and he has chaired the international research committee of this institution. Prof. Ott was the chairman of the physics department of ETH Zurich, where he is still engaged in research, mainly in experimental studies of correlated electron- and low-dimensional spin systems. He is an ISI highly-cited scientist and author and co-author of more than 500 scientific publications. He is honorary member of the Swiss Physical Society and the Physical Society of Zurich, a fellow of the American Physical Society and a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences. From 1997 to 2006 he was a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation and chaired its section for natural, mathematical and engineering sciences for two years. Prof. Ott was also a member of the standing committee for physical and engineering sciences (PESC) of the European Science Foundation and chairman of the Condensed Matter Division of the European Physical Society. In 2005 he planned and realized an exhibition Einstein in Zurich, which was on display in the main building of ETH Zürich. From 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Scientific Council of DESY in Hamburg and in 2009 he was elected to the Science Advisory Board of the Austrian Institute for High Energy Physics in Vienna. Since 2007 he has been the chairman of the section for Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics of the Swiss Academy for Natural Sciences and since 2008 he is the president of the Albert Einstein Society Berne. In 2008 he was elected to the Executive Board of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and acts as its treasurer.
Prof. Zaiqing Fang, Chinese, member of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and the Institute for the History of Natural Science, graduated from Jiling University in Changchun in 1983 and continued his studies in history and philosophy of science as Master of Philosophy in 1986. He got his PhD in philosophy, in 1991 at the Wuhan University. During his career he was teaching at renowned Universities, such as the Zhejiang University, the Tsinghua University and even the University of Munich, Germany, including research at universities in Austria, Germany, England and the USA. Prof. Fang has published various articles and books related to Albert Einstein. For example: “Authentic Einstein: An Illustrated Biography about Albert Einstein”, “Einstein, German Science and Culture”, “Scientific Revolution and the Chinese Way”, “A Brief History of German Science and Education”, “Scientific Development and Cultural Background”.
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