Why and How Should I Study?

Hwe Ik Zhang
Hwe Ik Zhang
Seoul National University, Korea
13:00~13:45, November 20th, 2014


The basic purpose of study is to find the best answer to an ultimate question, “Who am I, located where, and therefore, how should I live with what attitude?” The answer should be sought with best organized knowledge including science and literary wisdom. To arrive at this answer, one should follow certain guidelines. In this lecture, I recommend two of them. Firstly, “whole to parts” method. Try to organize a preliminary whole picture and fill in the detail. In this way, you can always maintain a balanced point of view. Secondly, “step on your own shoulder” method. Newton stepped on the shoulder of a giant and saw a faraway sight. Now, make your own should and step on it. You can then see what no one else can possibly notice.


Education and Career

  • 1957.3 – 1961.3 : B.S. in Physics, Seoul National University
  • 1967.9 – 1969.5 : Ph.D. in Physics, Lousiana State University
  • 1969.9 – 1970.8 : Research Associate, University of Texas, Austin
  • 1971.2 – 2003.3 : Assistent Professor, Associate Professor, Professor Seoul National University
  • 2003.8 – : Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University