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The NavierStokes equations was one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems; it gained popularity due to its applications in engineering and physics.
Now that a genius scholar wrote a thesis on this topic, the Navier-Stokes equations were receiving more attention than ever.
Many mathematics and physics doctoral holders in major universities and research institute were all talking about this problem.
They were curious if Lu Zhou was taking on the NavierStokes equations.
If he was, what stage was his research at?
Was it only the Annual Mathematics thesis?
Most people believed that this genius had already produced far better research results than the Annual Mathematics thesis.
Lunchtime, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study.
Ill have a bacon sandwich.
Another sandwich Do you really not want to try other flavors? Youre always eating the same food, its not a good diet.
The chef recognized Lu Zhou because he ordered the same food every time.
Lu Zhou took the sandwich and coffee from the chef. He then found a comfortable place to sit down.
Normally, he would cook for himself or even eat the Ivy Club, but these days he would often eat a simple sandwich before heading to the plasma laboratory.
The design of the experiment sounded simple, but it was extremely complicated to execute!
In addition to the obvious problems, there were many hidden and unclear problems that needed to be solved. This required both theoretical and engineering knowledge, which meant that Lu Zhou had to keep in touch with the engineers at the laboratory. He also had to exchange ideas and find viable solutions with the engineers.
Lu Zhou felt like his speed of comprehending engineering material was unexpectedly fast.
As for how fast
It was similar to his speed of studying mathematics two years ago.
Lu Zhou slowly ate his sandwich while he was still studying complicated problems.
Suddenly, a blonde woman sat across from him. She took out a microphone out of nowhere before she said, Hello, Mr. Lu Zhou, I am sorry to bother you. Im a BBC reporter.
Lu Zhou stopped eating his sandwich and looked at the blonde lady before he asked, What do you want?
He didnt recall doing anything spectacular recently.
She obviously wasnt here to talk about the Hoffman Prize which had happened a long time ago.
The reporter smiled and said, The thing is, your thesis in Annual Mathematics recently has attracted worldwide attention from the academic community. I want to ask if you are attempting to find a smooth solution to the NavierStokes equations, to challenge one of the Millennium Prize Problems?
A normal mathematics problem wouldnt be worthy of an interview from BBC, but the Millennium Prize Problems were different. Its million dollar prize was worthy of a news headline.
Oh no, you have it wrong, theres no such thing. Lu Zhou shook his head and said, I only researched the NavierStokes equations to facilitate my own experiment. Even though I found an interesting result, it is not worth of being commended.
The reporter looked at Lu Zhou and said, Unbelievable Can I ask what are you experimenting on?
It doesnt matter, I dont want you guys to report on my research and write an unrealistic headline, Lu Zhou said as he crunched up his sandwich wrappers before he threw it in the trash can. He then added, I can only tell you one thing before the research results come out.
Lu Zhou was worried that if he had told BBC he was designing experiments to study the turbulence phenomenon of plasma at high temperatures, the BBC would report that he was going to solve the nuclear fusion problem. Lu Zhous phone would blow up again.
After all, this was a BBC reporter.
Due to their exaggerated headlines and shady reporting techniques, they were banned from Wikipedia citations.
The reporter didnt care about Lu Zhous remark. Instead, she leaned forward with the microphone and asked, What thing?
Lu Zhou said, No comment.
Lu Zhou went to PPPL after the short interview.
The engineers at the lab were already working.
When Professor Lazerson saw Lu Zhou, he greeted him.
The Wendelstein 7-X accepted our request to install the target material and atomic gun for our next experiment. They will also help us collect the data.
Lu Zhou immediately asked, When is the next experiment?
Professor Lazerson wasnt sure, and he said, In a month We must come up with valuable results before December! Otherwise, they might consider postponing the experiment. The ITER project is running out of money, and all of the laboratories are racing against the clock.
Lu Zhou said, Theres not much time left.
Yes, not much time left. Of course, we can wait until the overhaul in June, but Professor Lazerson said.
Professor Lazerson continued, But PPPL wont continue supporting our research without restrictions. If we dont produce any results for half a year, they might scrap the experiment.
This project relied heavily on PPPL. The funding was from PPPL; the talent and equipment were all from PPPL.
There were many high tech projects being developed, and nuclear fusion was only one of them. The He3 atom probe was only a sub-project under the nuclear fusion project.
If this project took up half a year of resources and didnt produce any results, the laboratory director might call off the project, or at least delay the project.
Unless there were multiple Nobel Prize winners endorsing the project, or the project itself was worthy of a Nobel Prize.
However, Lu Zhou obviously wasnt a Nobel Prize winner, and neither was Professor Lazerson
Lu Zhou said, We cant wait for half a year?
Professor Lazerson said, Normally we can, but research projects recently have been on a tight schedule, so less important projects will be delayed no matter how interesting the project is.
He certainly hoped the project could continue.
After all, the physics community could only detect plasma, not observe.
The two concepts were completely different, and the models built from the concepts were also completely different.
If Lu Zhou could really use his mathematics abilities to complete this experiment, the Nobel Prize committee might even consider Lazerson for a prize.
As an engineer, this was his only chance to win the Nobel Prize.
When Lu Zhou heard Lazersons explanation, he said, We have to work faster! The deadline is the end of the year, so we have to finish it before the end of the year.
Professor Lazerson asked, Is there enough time?
Lu Zhou looked at Professor Lazerson, and he replied, There is definitely enough time!