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Beyond Nobel Laureates: The Unseen Curves of Scientific Careers

   The beauty of curves lies in change and intuition. Curves are composed of countless nodes that are invisible to the naked eye. Whether it is a natural landscape or a mathematical curve diagram, what people see is only a shaped, static curve. As for the countless indistinguishable points that make up the curve, few people have explored their contribution to the shape of the curve.
   The beauty of curves is by no means exclusive to natural landscapes and mathematics. There are many great people, and why can’t they draw a curve chart of their life paths? Such a “life curve” also reflects the greatness of human nature.
   For those who are determined to devote themselves to science, scientific exploration is accompanied by failures and successes, and successes and failures are the collective portrayal of scientific pathfinders. If a scientist’s exploration process is drawn into a mathematical graph, I believe that no scientist’s career graph will be a flat straight line. The winding “career curve” is the standard for this group.
   On October 3, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics will be awarded to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Kraus and Anne Lullier in recognition of their efforts to produce attoseconds. Experimental methods of light pulses are used to study the electron dynamics of matter. Among them, French physicist Anne Lullier became the fifth woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.
   On October 5, the 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was announced, and three scientists won the award for their research and development of “quantum dots”. Among the three winners, French scientist Moji Bawandi, who claims to have “never had enough sleep in his life,” scored only 20 points on a chemistry exam while studying at Harvard University.
   Based on the news about Nobel Prize winners, it is not difficult to find that most of the scientific achievements of Nobel Prize winners were made twenty or thirty years ago. For such “old news”, perhaps the parties involved have long since stopped taking it seriously. Although the journey of scientific exploration is bumpy, it will never lack novel things. It is the “revisiting of the past” by the Nobel Prize Committee that pushed these scientists to the forefront. reached the pinnacle of his career.
   Every time a Nobel Prize is announced, the media has to chase the winners, collect their life details, and turn them into touching stories to tell the audience. The audience went to the public opinion field to express their opinions and express their admiration for the Nobel Prize winner. In the comment area of ​​social media posts, a “like building” will always quickly rise under the topic of Nobel Prize.
   Behind every famous person, there is a long “career curve”. Han Yu gave a vivid description of this in “The Theory of Horses”: “There are Bole in the world, and then there are thousand-mile horses. Thousand-mile horses often exist, but Bole does not always exist. Therefore, although there are famous horses, they are only humiliated and died in the hands of slaves. “A journey between stables is not called a thousand miles.” “Bole Xiangma” has long been an idiom, but most people in the world praise Bole, but often don’t pay enough attention to those unknown people who devote themselves to their beloved careers.
   The above news mentioned that Professor Anne Lullier, one of the physics prize winners, was 65 years old and was teaching students when she received a call from the staff of the Nobel Prize Committee. After learning about this unexpected surprise, she was a little distracted in the following classes…
   Coincidentally, Moji Bawandi, one of the winners of the Chemistry Prize, once set a “basin” record of 20 points in a chemistry exam in college. . How could his teachers and classmates at that time have thought that he would one day become a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry?
   From Professor Anne Lullier who is still teaching as an ordinary front-line teacher even after reaching retirement age, to Moji Bawandi’s “blockbuster success”, the ordinaryness of these scientists’ careers can be seen clearly. If it hadn’t been for this award, perhaps their “career curve” would mostly be curved downwards. Although there are also upward curves, it would be difficult for them to reach the top of the “career curve”.
   Scientific exploration benefits all mankind, which is one of the reasons why scientists are respected. In every era and every country, there are countless scientists who are silently engaged in scientific exploration in their respective scientific research positions. Most of them may not become world-famous in their lifetime, but it is they who have given birth to remarkable scientific discoveries.
   In the face of successful scientists, we admire them from the bottom of our hearts and praise them sincerely. In addition to praising you, you might as well review Mr. Han Yu’s “Horse Theory” to realize that no one in the world can succeed casually, because behind every successful person, there is their own “career curve.”
   The ups and downs of your career reveal the true meaning of life. Everyone should have their own pure interests and regard such interests as a career worthy of lifelong pursuit. Pure interest makes people put aside the interference of fame and fortune. It is this unintentional indifference to fame and fortune that prompts people to devote themselves to their favorite causes. The beauty of such a “career curve” is more meaningful because it is drawn by oneself.

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