Philip Warren Anderson — American Scientist born on January 13, 1923,

Philip Warren Anderson is an American physicist and Nobel laureate. Anderson has made contributions to the theories of localization, antiferromagnetism, symmetry breaking, high-temperature superconductivity and to the philosophy of science through his writings on emergent phenomena... (wikipedia)

Although raised on the farm - my grandfather was an unsuccessful fundamentalist preacher turned farmer - my father and his brother both became professors.
I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play.
The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from those laws and reconstruct the universe.
The first months at Harvard were more than challenging, as I came to the realization that the humanities could be genuinely interesting, and, in fact, given the weaknesses of my background, very difficult.
An important impression was my father's one Sabbatical year, spent in England and Europe in 1937.

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