Chapter 448: Nobel and Fields
Translator: Henyee Translations Editor: Henyee Translations
October 4th was the national holiday in China.
Most people were either taking a break, traveling, or playing with their phones in bed.
Other than the prize giving day in December, very few people paid attention to the names of the Nobel Prize winners.
There was a special name on the list of winners.
The moment the news was broadcasted, or rather, there was no need for the news broadcast at all.
The second the list was announced, the news of Lu Zhou winning the Nobel Prize spread across the fields of chemistry, materials science, condensed matter physics, and mathematics at an incredible speed.
After the first news article came out online, the rest followed like a tsunami, flooding Weibo and WeChat.
After the legitimacy of the news was confirmed, almost half of China was discussing this event.
[Oh my god, a mathematician won the Nobel Prize!]
[Jesus, if I recalled correctly, God Lu won the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians, right?]
[Winning both the Nobel Prize and Fields Medal! Scary]
[Organic chemists must be crying right now; this years Nobel Prize wasnt stolen by biologists]
[24-year-old Nobel Prize winner One year younger than the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history. This might be a world record!]
[God Lu is nutty!]
[Shuimu University sent a congratulatory message!]
[Yanjing University sent a congratulatory message!]
[Jin Ling University sent a congratulatory message!]
Lu Zhou had never been number one on trending. He hadnt even had time to share his joy with his fans, but he was already bumped to number one on trending.
What did the Nobel Prize represent?
For the country, this represented confidence as it meant that Chinas scientific research was on par with international research standards. It meant that more students doing the college entrance examination would major in biochemical. It also meant many other things
At the same time, it also meant that Lu Zhous birthplace, residence, and schools would try to develop themselves into a tourist, education, and cultural attractions.
As for Lu Zhou himself, the significance of the Nobel Prize was extraordinary.
There wasnt a single international scientific research institute in the world that would refuse the participation of a Nobel Prize winner.
The same thing applied in China.
Not just that, but he would receive an insane amount of respect, special treatment, and resources. The kind that most scientific researchers couldnt even begin to imagine.
They spent around two hours eating.
Chen Baohua was somewhat off his game.
He never expected Lu Zhou to win the Nobel Prize. Not just that, but he was afraid that the Communist Party also didnt expect this to happen.
A Nobel-level scholar and a Nobel Prize winner was completely different
After dinner, Chen Baohua went back to Philadelphia International Airport. He didnt spend an extra day in Philadelphia. He was on the next flight back to China.
Apparently, the Communist Party called him in for a meeting. Therefore, he didnt want to stay here for long.
Also, he said that he would convey Lu Zhous requests to the higher-ups.
After driving Chen Baohua to the airport, Lu Zhou drove Chen Yushan back to the University of Pennsylvania.
While getting off the car, Lu Zhou suddenly remembered something.
Are you interested in the Nobel Prize?
Of course Im interested.
Are you available in December?
I am! Are you taking me there? Chen Yushans eyes lit up, and she quickly nodded. However, she realized she might cause trouble for Lu Zhou, so she asked, Can you bring people to the Nobel Prize award ceremony? This wont cause any trouble, right?
If it caused trouble for Lu Zhou, she wouldnt want to go
Lu Zhou smiled and said, What trouble, friends and relatives can all go.
Whether it was the award venue or the world-famous Nobel Prize dinner, as a Nobel laureate, he had powers to invite any family and friends he wanted.
Also, apparently in the past, there was no upper limit on the number of friends and family he could bring to the Nobel Prize party.
That was until 1988, when Camilo Jos Cela, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, brought 68 people from his village to the dinner. His action had frightened the Nobel Committee.
Therefore, a new rule was implementedNobel Prize laureates couldnt bring more than 14 relatives or friends.
However, 14 people were a bit too much for Lu Zhou.
He didnt have that many relatives, and he was only close to his parents and Xiao Tong.
His parents and Xiao Tong definitely had to go, so that took up three spots. Because this all happened so suddenly, Lu Zhou didnt know who else he should invite for the remaining 11 spots.
Therefore, since Chen Yushan seemed to be very interested, he decided to ask her.
Chen Yushan said in a happy tone, Really? Then Im going! I have never been to a Nobel Prize award ceremony before.
Lu Zhou smiled.
Its totally normal that you havent been to one.
99.9999% will never have the chance to go
It was pretty late once Lu Zhou got back to Princeton.
He didnt go to his office at the Institute for Advanced Study. Instead, he drove straight home.
After taking a shower, Lu Zhou lay in bed with his phone. When he saw the 99+ notifications on Weibo, he couldnt help but smirk.
Should I do a Nobel Prize dinner lottery for my fans?
Lu Zhou thought about it for a bit and decided to give up on the idea.
Although it sounds interesting, the logistics are way too complicated
His phone suddenly rang.
It was from Xiao Tong.
Lu Zhou picked up the phone.
An excited voice came from the other end of the telephone.
Brother, brother! My mathematical modeling competition results are out! I receive a first-level national prize!
When Lu Zhou heard the good news, he smiled and said, First-level national prize Not bad at all. You have potential!
Lu Zhou was thinking about the time when he was in the mathematical modeling competition.
He hadnt been in contact with his two competition teammates.
He wondered how they were doing.
Xiao Tong smirked at Lu Zhous compliment. Although Lu Zhou couldnt see her face right now, he could imagine her narcissistic smile.
In many ways, Xiao Tong was like him.
The only difference was their levels of humbleness.
Xiao Tong laughed and asked, Then brother, is there a reward?
Lu Zhou smiled. There is, how about I take you on a trip?
Really? Xiao Tongs eyes lit up, but suddenly, she felt suspicious of it. She said, But brother, youre usually very busy. When did you have the time to go on a vacation?
Lu Zhou said, Its not just for vacationing.
Xiao Tong asked, Not just for vacationing?
Lu Zhou smiled and said, Yeah, its also to receive a Nobel Prize.
In addition to the Nobel Prize, there was also the long-awaited Clay Institute Millennium Prize Problems.
Since he was going to Europe anyway, he might as well visit the Institut de France to receive his million-dollar reward for solving one of the Millennium Prize Problems