2. Princeton in 1948 was to mathematicians what Paris once was to painters
and novelists, Vienna to psychoanalysts and architects , and ancient Athens
to philosophers and playwrights . Harald Bohur brother of Niels Bohr, the physicist, had declared it “the mathematical center of the universe” in1936.
When the deans of mathematics held their first worldwide meeting after World War II, it was in Princeton. Fine Hall housed the world’s most competitive. Up-to-the minute mathematics department. Next door connected, In face - was the nation’s leading physics department, whose members, including Eugene Wigner, had driven off to Illinois, California, and New Mexico during the war, lugging bits of laboratory equipment, to help build the atomic bomb. A mile or so away , on what had been Olden Farm, was the Institute for Advanced Study, the modern equivalent of Plato’s Academy, where Einstein, Godel, Oppenheimer, and von Neumann scribbled on their blackboards and held their learned discourses. Visitors and students from the four comers of the world streamed to this polyglot mathematical oasis, fifty miles south of New York. What was proposed in a Princeton seminar one week was sure to be debated in Paris and Berkeley the week after, and in Moscow and Tokyo the week after that.
“A Beautiful mind P60-61”
3. 2012年諾貝爾經濟學?頒給兩位研究「博奕論」(Game Theory)的學者。自1970至2007年間已有十二位諾貝爾得獎者是因博奕論而獲殊榮，其中又以電影《有你終生美麗》 (A Beautiful Mind) 的主角約翰•納什 (John Nash，數學家，1994年獲諾貝爾經濟學獎) 最廣為人知。