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【温莎原创译文】教授和溜溜球  

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【温莎原创译文】教授和溜溜球 - 温莎 - 温莎滴风流娘儿们的网易博客

 

英译中 /   原创翻译:张闽,网络昵称温莎

《大学英语 精读》第二册 第三版 P76

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1.     你如何看待爱因斯坦被公认为是整个时代最伟大的科学家这个观点?

2.     在爱因斯坦的所有高尚人格中你最欣赏他那一部分?说说你的理由。

3.     谁是你最崇拜的中国科学家?为什么?

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从一个年轻朋友的眼中,读到爱因斯坦是个简朴、谦逊的普通人。

教授和溜溜球

托马斯.李.巴基会同约瑟夫.布兰克

 

1)    我父亲是阿尔伯特.爱因斯坦的好友。 作为第一次到爱因斯坦家的年轻腼腆的来访者,我尽力让去、自己感觉随意一些,这时爱因斯坦说,“我给你看个东西。”他走到写字台那边然后拿回一个溜溜球。他想表演给我看,但是他无法让球在绳子上打转。轮到我时,我展示了几个雕虫小技并指出他让玩具在细绳索上无法打结而失去平衡的问题。爱因斯坦点点头,对我的技法和知识留下了深刻的印象。后来,我买了个新的溜溜球邮寄给教授作为圣诞礼物,然后他回复给我了一篇表示感谢的诗文。

2)    作为一个孩子后来长大成人,我从来没有怀疑过爱因斯坦的个性。 他是我认识的人当中唯一个对自己和解让世界围着他转的人。他知道自己需要什么,仅仅如此:人类最大限度了解物质的本质以及每个物质内部的相互关系和统一性原理。他知道,他是可以解答这个疑问的。但是他并不沮丧。他孜孜以求。

3)    在我们23年的友谊长河中,我从来没有看见过他表现出嫉妒、虚荣心、痛苦、愤怒、怨恨、或者个人野心。他似乎对这些行为有免疫力。具有超凡的自我防疫能力。虽然他接触的大多是世界级的重量级人物,他的信笺永远只是一个水印---印---就是 Woolworth's的意思。

4)    工作起来他只用一只铅笔和一叠信纸就够了。物质的东西对他没有任何意义。我从来没见过他有随身带钱的习惯,因为他从来都不会去用它。他崇尚简约,一直以来他只使用一把安全的剃刀和水刮胡子,一直到我建议他用乳霜刮胡子,他说,“刮胡刀和水已经足够了。”

5)    “但是教授,为什么你不试一试乳霜呢?”我跟他争论起来。“那样只会更加顺滑、不疼。”

6)    他耸耸肩。最后,我拿了一管乳霜给他看。第二天早晨,当他下来吃早餐的时候,他像发现新大陆一样地喜形于色,“要知道,那个乳霜不要太好喔。”他宣布。“这样就不会夹胡子了。简直太过瘾了。”从那以后,每天早晨开始用乳霜一直到把一管乳霜全用完为止。然后,他索性又开始用自来水。

7)    爱因斯坦是一个纯粹的、道地的理论家。他对他的理念和理论的实际应用没有丝毫的兴趣。他的E=mc2恰恰是历史上最著名的等式---然而爱因斯坦甚至不愿意走到大街上去看反应堆生成原子能。他的广电理论让他荣获了诺贝尔奖的殊荣,一系列的等式他认为都是不能有相差一丝一毫。但是他对由他的理论使电视变为现实一点儿兴趣都没有的。

8)    我哥哥曾经给过教授一个玩具,一只平稳地停留在一碗水边上的小鸟不停滴将头浸到水里。爱因斯坦饶有兴趣地看着,尝试着推断操作原理。但是他没能办到。 

9)    第二天早晨他宣布,“昨晚临睡前我对那只鸟思考了很久。它一定是这样...”他开始长篇大论地解释起来。然后他停了下来,发现了他推理中的一个瑕疵。“不,我猜不是那样的。”他说。他用各种理论连续推测了好几天。直到我建议说我们拆开一个玩具看看究竟它是怎么做的。 他不反对的态度很快告诉我,实际上他现在已经同意这个操作方式了。他到底还是没有找到解决这个问题的答案。

10)    另一件困扰爱因斯坦的问题,莫过于他自己的名声。他所发展的理论如此深奥,以致没有几个科学家可以企及。然而他的名气让整个文明世界家喻户晓。“我有好的点子,其他人也能想得到,”他曾经说,“但只不过是我比他们幸运,我的想法被世人所接受了。”他被他的名声给弄糊涂了:人们想见到他;大街上的人看得他目瞪口呆;科学家、政治家、学生和家庭妇女纷纷给他写信。对于为什么要对他另眼相看、受到如此的关注他百思不得其解。

 

【温莎原创译文】教授和溜溜球 - 温莎 - 温莎滴风流娘儿们的网易博客

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Woolworth's:

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F. W. Woolworth Company est une entreprise américaine fondé en 1878 de distribution spécialisé originellement spécialisé dans les magasins à prix unique. En 2001, l'entreprise se spécialise dans l'habillement sportif et devient Foot Locker.


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1.     Why do yo think Einstein is generally considered the greatest scientist of all time?

2.    Of all Einstein's fine qualities as a man,which do you appreciate most? Give your reasons.

3.    Who is the Chinese scientst you admire most?Why?

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Seen through the eyes of a young friend Einstein was a simple,modest and ordinary man.

The professor and the Yo-Yo

 Thomas Lee Bucky with Joseph P.Blank

 1)    My father was a close friend of Albert Einstein. As a shy young visitor to Einstein's home, I was made to feel at ease when Einstein said,"I have something to show you."He went to his desk and returned with a Yo-Yo, He tried to show me how it worked but he couldn't make it roll back up the string. When my turn came,I displayed my few tricks and pointed out to him that the incorrectly looped string had thrown the toy off balance. Einstein nodded,properly impressed by my skill and knowledge. Later, I bought a new Yo-Yo and mailed it to the Preofessor as a Christmas present,and received a poem of thanks.

2)    As a boy and then as an adult, I never lost my wonder at the personality that was Einstein. He was the only person I knew who had come to terms with himself and the world around him. He knew what he wanted and he wanted only this:to understand within his limits as a human being the nature of the universe and the logic and simplicity in its functioning. He knew there were answers beyond his intellectual reach. But this did not frustrate him.He was content to go as far as he could.

3)    In the 23 years of our friendship,I never saw him show jealousy,vanity,bitterness,anger,resentment,or personal ambition. He seemed immune to these emotions. He was beyongd any pretension. Although he corresponded with many of the world's most important people, his stationery carried only a watermark---W---for Woolworth's.

4)    To do his work he needed only a pencil and a pad of paper.Material things meant nothing to him. I never knew him to carry money because he never had any use for it. He believed in simplicity, so much so that he used only a safety razor and water to shave. When I suggested that he try shaving cream,he said,"The razor and water do the job."

5)    But Professor, why don't you try the crem just once?"I argued."It makes shaving smoother and less painful."

6)    He shrugged. Finally,I presented him with a tube of shaving cream.The next morning when he came down to breakfast,he was beaming with the pleasure of a new,great dicovery."You know,that cream really works,"he announced."It doesn't pull the beard. It feels wonderful."Thereafter,he used the shaving cream evry morning until the tube was empty. Then he revered to using plain water.

7)    Einstein was purely and exclusively a theorist.He didn't have the slightest interst in the practical application of his ideas and theories. His E=mc2 is probably the most famous equation in history---yet Einstein wouldn't walk down the street to see a reactor create atomic energy. He won the Nobel Prize for his Photoelectric Theory, a series of equations that he considered relatively minor in importance,but he didn't have any curiosity in observing how his theory made TV possible.

8)    My brother once gave the professor a toy, a bird that balanced on the edge of a bowl of water and repeatedly dunked its head in the water. Einstein watched it in delight,trying to deduce the operating principle. But he couldn't. 

9)    The next morning he announced,"I had thought about that bird for a long time before I went to bed and it must work this way..."He began a long explanation.Then he stopped, realizing a flaw in his rasoning."No, I guess that's not it,"he said.He pursued various theories for several days until I suugested we take the toy apart to see how it did work. His quick expression of disapproval told me he did now agree with this practical approach.He never did work out the solution.

10)    Another puzzled that Einstein could neer udnerstood was his own fame.He had developed theories that were profound and capable of exciting relatively few scientists. yet his name was a household word across the civilized world."I've had good ideas,and so have other men,"he once said."But it'sbeen my good fortune that my ideas have been accepted."He was bewildered by his fame:people wanted to meet him;strangers stared at him on the street;scientists,statesmen,students, and housewives wrote him letters. He never could udnerstand why he received this attention,why he was singled out as something special.

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