Posts tagged : "Science"

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Interview: Richard Ernst, 1991 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry

Interview: Richard Ernst, 1991 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry

Kourosh Ziabari - Richard Robert Ernst was born on August 13, 1933 in Winterthur, Switzerland. He lived in a house that his merchant grandfather had built in 1898. His father, Robert Ernst, was an architect and teacher at the city’s high school. Winterthur had a small but dexterous orchestra and also an industry in diesel motors and railway engines. The city where Richard was born was a historical city which was founded around 600-700. Foreign nationals from such countries as Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Austria, Spain, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina make up the city’s population. The town is known for its prominent institute of higher education, Technikum, which is the largest school of technology across...

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Isolation and defamation: The cost of thinking differently

Isolation and defamation: The cost of thinking differently

  Kourosh Ziabari - Michael Behe is an American scientist and biochemist. Being an intelligent design advocate, he serves as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Lehigh in Pennsylvania. He is also a senior fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Behe has controversially challenged the evolution theory of Charles Darwin which underpins the ideology of western thought with regards to the material life and universe. In his 1996 book “Darwin’s Black Box”, Behe has proposed the notion of irreducible complexity which underscores the role of an intelligent designer in the emergence of complex biological systems. According to this theory, certain biological systems are too complex to have...

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Science fiction is the most powerful mode of writing

Science fiction is the most powerful mode of writing

  Kourosh Ziabari - Adam Roberts is a British academician, literary critic and science fiction writer. He has a degree in English language from the University of Aberdeen and a Ph.D. from the Cambridge University on Robert Browning and the Classics. He has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award of the best science fiction novel in 2001, 2007 and 2010. Roberts has published 11 novels of which the most prominent ones are Salt (2000), Stone (2002), The Snow (2004), Gradisil (2006) and Swiftly: A Novel (2008). Roberts' "Palgrave History of Science Fiction" has been translated into Chinese. Several reviews of his books have appeared on international newspapers and media outlets. Adam joined me in an exclusive interview to...

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Interview: Antony Hewish,1974 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Interview: Antony Hewish,1974 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Kourosh Ziabari - Interview with Prof. Antony Hewish, the 1974 Nobel Prize laureate in physics is important for me since I consider it an exploration in the history of radio astronomy. Antony Hewish, Fellow of the Royal Society was born on May 11, 1924 in Cornwall, Britain. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974, together with fellow radio-astronomer Martin Ryle, for his work on the development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars. The 88-year-old scientist is one of the first Nobel Prize laureates who are still alive. His close friend and colleague Martin Ryle passed away in 1984 and a great number of his students and fans, lost the opportunity to learn from this prominent British...

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I do not think we need more human beings on this planet

I do not think we need more human beings on this planet

Kourosh Ziabari - Peter Singer is a world-renowned Australian philosopher and bio-ethicist. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. Singer specializes in applied ethics and is known for his secular and preference utilitarian viewpoints. In 2004, he was recognized as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. Peter Singer holds controversial and widely contested viewpoints regarding abortion, infanticide and euthanasia and has written several articles and books on these subjects. His 1975 book "Animal Liberation" is considered to be the hallmark of animal...

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Interview: Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Interview: Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Kourosh Ziabari - Sir Anthony James Leggett was born on March 26, 1938 in Camberwell, London, UK. Honored with the Order of British Empire, Leggett is the 2003 Nobel Prize laureate in physics. He is a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As one of the most prominent physicists of the 21st century, Sir Anthony Leggett specializes in the low-temperature physics and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in physics for his extensive research on super-fluidity. The forbearers of Prof. Leggett's father were cobblers in a small village in Hampshire. However, his father changed this tradition and started working as a greengrocer. His father explains that how he would ride with Anthony to London to buy vegetables and...

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Interview: Klaus von Klitzing, 1985 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics

Interview: Klaus von Klitzing, 1985 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics

Kourosh Ziabari - Doing interviews with prominent scientists, especially the Nobel Prize laureates who eternalize their name in the history of science by achieving impressive and extraordinary breakthroughs is always a pleasure. It gives one the opportunity to enjoy the insight of these perceptive and intelligent scientists and opens new windows to one's understanding of the surrounding world. Klaus von Klitzing was born on June 28, 1943 in Schroda, Reichsgau Posen, Germany, during the days of World War II. He received a diploma in physics from the Braunschweig University of Technology. This university is the oldest technical institute of higher education in Germany which was established in 1745 and currently has more than 14,000...

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Interview: Heinrich Rohrer, 1986 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics

Interview: Heinrich Rohrer, 1986 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics

Kourosh Ziabari - Doing interviews with Nobel Prize laureates in different fields, whether in chemistry, physics or medicine, especially those laureates who were awarded the prestigious prize in the past decades, is a great opportunity to explore the history of science and get acquainted with the truths and realities regarding the groundbreaking achievements which were made in the sphere of science when many of us were still very young and unaware about what the world's greatest scholars and researchers were doing to pay homage to humanity and improve our understanding of the planet and universe we live in. Now, we return to more than 26 years ago to interview a Swiss scientist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for his important...

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Interview: Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel Prize laurate in Physics

Interview: Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel Prize laurate in Physics

Kourosh Ziabari - We have arrived at another station of exclusive interviews with the world's renowned scientists and Nobel Prize laureates. This time, we have talked to the 61-year-old American theoretical physicist and mathematician, Frank Wilczek. Frank Anthony Wilczek was born on May 15, 1951 in Mineola , New York . He currently works as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Prof. David Gross and H. David Politzer for their discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction. Wilczek received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Chicago in 1970, a Master of Arts in Mathematics at Princeton University , 1972,...

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Interview: Roald Hoffman, 1981 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry

Interview: Roald Hoffman, 1981 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry

Kourosh Ziabari - Prof. Roald Hoffmann is a unique personality in the history of chemistry and one of the world's well-renowned theoretical chemists and it is a thrilling experience to read an in-depth interview with him. It might be asserted that Prof. Hoffmann is the world's most literature-loving chemist, as he has published several poetry and play books and some plays by him have even been performed. Roald Hoffman was born on July 18, 1937 and is 75 years old now. He was born to Polish parents in the city of Zolochiv which is now located in Ukraine. His parents named him in honor of the famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with the Japanese chemist Kenichi Fukui “for their...

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