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   The great science fiction writer, Isaac Asimov, once said that the most exciting phrase to hear in science — the one that comes immediately before the most important new discoveries — is not "Eureka, I found it!" but rather, "hmm... that's weird!”

  伟大的科幻小说作家艾萨克?阿西莫夫(Isaac Asimov)曾经说过,在科学探索中能听到的最激动人心的一句话,即在最重要的新发现之前出现的短语,不是“尤里卡,我找到了!而是“嗯...这挺奇怪!”

  And so it is with the results being reported by the Wukong satellite team today. We don’t know what they mean, yet, but they’re unexpected. And they could turn out to change the way we see the universe.


  Chinese scientists have a long and proud history of ground breaking contributions to high energy particle physics. YángZhènníng (杨振宁), LǐZhèngdào (李政道) & WúJiànxióng (吴健雄) are just a few of the great Chinese high energy physics researchers to changed the way we see the universe.


  China’s continuing commitment to supporting fundamental science is a demonstration of it’s commitment to being a leader in the world.


  The physicist and founding director of the Fermilab particle accelerator facility in the US, Robert Wilson, when asked by a US senator John Pastore the question,


  “Is there anything connected in the hopes of this accelerator that in any way involves the security of the country?"

  一位参议员John Pastore想知道,费米实验室的研究成果是否可以用于增强国防。

  Dr Wilson replied: “Nothing at all.”When pressed by the senator, Robert Wilson expanded: “It only has to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture.


  It has to do with: Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things that we really venerate and honor in our country and are patriotic about. In that sense, this new knowledge has all to do with honor and country. But it has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending."


  That it itself is enough — in my opinion — to justify asking the big questions of existence and doing all we can to answer these questions.


  But China’s support of fundamental science doesn’t just reflect it’s commitment to being a global leader. It also represents an understanding of the role that basic science plays as an engine of the innovation economy.


  Supporting the efforts of clever women and men to answers the most challenging questions of our age generates new and previously unimaginable solutions to problems we didn’t even know we had.


  Wilson talked about how the quest to understand the fundamental nature of the universe was fundamental to how we regard ourselves. As painters, sculptors, writers, poets. But it also had unexpected materials benefits. Endeavours such as this change the way in which we manipulate the world.


  It has spawned new ideas and new technologies that have nothing to do with particle physics and everything to do with improving how we live.


  The very idea of the world wide web was born of the need for particle physicists to share information quickly and easily.


  It doesn't just make us great poets, answering the most difficult questions of the universe has a material and positive impact on our universe too. And in the case of the Wukong satellite, the results today demonstrate a milestone in the development of China’s technological prowess. The exquisite technology necessary to make the measurements reported today is unrivalled. And who knows what other technological challenges it might help China meet.


  What I do know that it is very exciting to be a part of China’s voyage of scientific discovery. And I thank the Wukong team for letting Nature be a part.


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