Dean of Science Shiu Yuen Cheng,
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
responds to the New Yorker article
Oct. 12, 2006
Dear Mr. Cooper,
I write in regards to the Nasar-Gruber article appeared in New Yorker in late August. I am appalled by the many errors and inaccuracies in the article. In particular, I am greatly disturbed that the article did not give a balanced account of many contributions of Prof. Shing-Tung Yau to the mathematics community, especially to the development of mathematics in China. Since early 1990's, Prof. Yau have been tirelessly raising funds for nurturing young mathematicians and organizing scientific activities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland. These efforts have already borne fruits that are the envies of the international mathematics community.
I am very angry that such details were missing in the Nasar-Gruber article. I have already written a letter to New Yorker pointing out, in my capacity as HKMS Vice President and President for the period 1996 to 2002, that the report of attempted move of 2002 ICM site to Hong Kong is groundless, and lauding Prof. Yau's unselfish contributions to the development of mathematics in China.
Shiu Yuen Cheng
Dean of Science
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology