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Journal of No. 118


December 17th, 2004

A tale of two Franklins @ 02:11 pm

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I've been reading a biography of Ben Franklin. It's quite a good book and seems to have a good grasp of Franklin's character, both good and bad. Truly an amazing man.
Someone else who once read a biography of Franklin was Chen Ning Yang, who adopted Franklin as his 'American name'. Yang married a former student in 1950, and won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on parity violation. He lived in America for many years, but moved back to China after the death of his wife. And now, at the age of 82, he's marrying a 28-year old graduate student.
Since Ben spent half his time in Paris chasing women less than half his age, I'm sure he'd be proud!
 
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Journal of No. 118