CKYC Master’s Tea with Prof. Frederick Davis: “Science and Passion: A Contradiction?” / 蔡繼有書院院長茶聚:與Frederick Davis教授探討“科學與熱情存在矛盾嗎?”

CKYC Master’s Tea with Prof. Frederick Davis, themed at “Science and Passion: A Contradiction”, was held successfully on 20th March. The wonderful talk Prof. Davis presented enlightened the general and excited the specific. Prof. Frederick Davis teaches in Purdue University and is the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science in the Department of History. He is now spending the 2016 – 2017 academic year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Fulbright scholar.

Prof. Davis pointed out that the relationship between “Science” and “Passion” should not be a contradiction by using several biologists’ examples, Archie F. Carr, Jr – the man who saved sea turtles, Rachel Carson – the woman who studied birds and E.O Wilson – the man who is interested in ants. These biologists first developed their interests and then they pursued that interest as biologists and scientists. It is, actually, “Passion” to drive long-term research and engage conversation efforts.

Prof. Davis gave audience an open question “What is your passion?” to end the lecture. Around 35 students and a few fellows, affiliates at the CKYC Fellows Salon attended the Master’s Tea and gained the great experience.


蔡繼有書院於3月20日成功舉辦了院長茶聚,我們有幸邀請了於美國普渡大學任教的Frederick Davis教授,向同學們呈現了一個關於科學與熱情的精彩演講。Frederick Davis教授不僅是普渡大學的教授,同時也是該校科學歷史學院R. Mark Lubbers的主席。在2016至2017學年間,他在香港中文大學擔任學術交流基金會 — 傅爾布萊特計畫 的訪問學者。

Frederick Davis教授指出科學與熱情之間不應是矛盾的關係,并以幾個生物學家的例子作進一步講解。例如:Archie F. Carr, Jr 致力於拯救海龜;Rachel Carson愛好研究各種鳥類;E.O Wilson則對螞蟻很感興趣。這些生物學家都是先建立了興趣,然後再以生物學家和科學家的身份延續興趣、進而探索。所以,實際上熱情才是那個支持我們對喜愛事物作長時間的研究和投入大量心血的動力。

最後,Frederick Davis教授向出席的澳大師生提出了一個問題:你的熱情在哪裡?此次茶聚吸引了約40名學生及一些教職員前來參與,他們皆收穫豐富。

蔡繼有書院學生 陳嘉琪

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