致各国与会者

 

尊敬的同事们:

 

整整四年以前的今天,在墨西哥城召开的DHS代表大会上,各国科学史家和各专业委员会的代表将组织承办第22届国际科学史大会的光荣赋予我们;就在同一天,北京也被选为2008年夏季奥运会的举办城市。在“科学史的奥林匹克”即将来到中国之际,我代表当地组委会向你们表示热烈的欢迎。

 

中国古代的圣贤老子说过:“祸兮福之所倚,福兮祸之所伏”,黑格尔称之为辩证法的力量在我们的生活中频频可见。你们很快就会看到,为了2008年的奥运会,这座城市每天都在发生变化:一些老房子被拆除,一些马路在拓宽,一些新的地铁线路正在挖掘,一些公园和历史景点由于整修而暂时关闭。并不是所有的变化都受到欢迎,在你们居留的日子里,以上这些变化可能会使你感到不便。

 

信息时代加快了学者之间交流的速度,拓宽了获得知识和消息的渠道,但是电子信件的便捷使得有些年轻人已不会书写普通的书信,互联网上病毒和防病毒的斗争导致新时代的信息封锁。在过去的数年内,我们送给国外同事们的许多电子信件都被弹回;相信你们中的有些人,在同大会秘书处联系时也遭遇过类似的不快经历。

 

无论如何,我们今日聚会在一起,并将就我们共同关心话题进行讨论和交流。作为东道主,我们将尽自己最大的力量,为各位提供服务。如果你有特别的困难,请随时同我们的志愿工作者联系。

 

北京有着3000年的建城史和800年的建都史,同时它又是一座朝着现代化大都市的方向上迅速发展的城市。在这里你们将看到历史与现实的交融、科学与文化的共荣,甚至传统与现代的冲突。在这样一个地方和时机,来讨论“全球化与多样性”,以及科学史上种种有趣的问题,对科学的发展和人类的未来进行展望,应该说是非常适宜的。

   

希望各位通过交流与讨论而获益,在北京生活愉快。

 

 

刘钝

组织委员会主席

2005713

 

 

Greetings from the Organizer

 

Beijing

July 13, 2005   

 

 

Dear respected colleagues,

 

Precisely on this day four years ago, at the DHS General Assembly held in Mexico City, historians from all over the world and representatives of DHS commissions entrusted us with the honor of hosting the 22nd International Congress of History of Science. Also on that same day, Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. As the “Olympics for the History of Science” draws near, on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I extend to you our warmest welcome.

 

Lao-tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, once said “it is on disaster that good fortune perches, it is beneath good fortune that disaster crouches” (trans. by D.C. Lau). What was once termed by George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel as the power of dialectics is now omnipresent in China, but especially so in Beijing. Soon you will see, before your very eyes, the on-going changes that our city is experiencing as it prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games—old houses being demolished, roads widened, and new underground lines dug. Some places of historical interest may be temporarily closed for renovation. Not all of these changes are to be welcomed, and as you may discover during your stay here, some changes may indeed prove very inconvenient.

 

Although the information age has sped up scholarly communication, expanding channels of information and knowledge, with the nearly instant convenience of email, the younger generation is forgetting (or never learns) how to write an ordinary letter, and I understand this is as true in the West as it is in China. Meanwhile, we all have to cope with internet viruses and antivirus mechanisms which slow down and sometimes bring to a stop this new age. In the past few years, many attempts we have made to contact colleagues electronically have failed, and often email sent overseas has bounced back, undeliverable.  We hope that such cases have not seriously inconvenienced anyone, and if you have experienced any of these all too familiar frustrations, we are grateful to you for bearing with us.

 

Despite such difficulties, we are looking forward very much to welcoming you to Beijing for a Congress that will provide plentiful opportunities to discuss topics of mutual interest. As the host for the 22nd International Congress of History of Science, we will do our utmost to be of service, and should you have any special difficulties or requirements, please do not hesitate to contact our volunteers at any time.

 

With 3000 years of history and 800 years as the capital of China, Beijing is a city of long tradition as well as a modern metropolis. Here, history and contemporary reality stand shoulder to shoulder, science flourishes alongside the arts, and sometimes tradition battles against modernity. It is more than appropriate that at this time and at this location the Congress has set as its theme “globalization and diversity.” As a result, many of the plenary lectures and specially organized sections and symposia will focus on these and related matters, as well as the development of science and the future advancement of the human race, amongst other timely and fascinating issues of the history of science.

 

We hope that the discussions and exchanges we are about to have will be fruitful and beneficial. We also hope that your stay in Beijing will be a most enjoyable, productive and pleasant one.

 

 

 

                                                                                         Dun Liu

 

                                                                                         LOC President