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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-10-01

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  • [01] Ignoring science and technology is crazy, Nobel laureate in Physics David Gross tells ANA-MPA
  • [02] Amphipolis was commissioned by Alexander for Hephaestion
  • [03] International Kart circuit in Patras at the weekend

  • [01] Ignoring science and technology is crazy, Nobel laureate in Physics David Gross tells ANA-MPA

    "If Greece wants to achieve growth, it first needs to persuade its scientists to remain in the country and not go abroad," Nobel laureate David Gross said in an interview with ANA-MPA.

    "Ignoring science and technology is crazy," Gross, professor of Physics at the University of California, added.

    He considers, among others, the identification of the particles of dark matter as the most probable breakthrough of the future. He also said that he is atheist and humanist, an enemy of the theory of the multiuniverse and expressed his optimism over the future contribution of science to a better world.

    Gross will speak at the "Symposium of the Seven Wise Men" for Cosmology at the Athens Concert Hall and he will be awarded, along with six other distinguished colleagues, by the President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

    He was born in 1941 in Washington. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley in 1966. He was professor of Mathematical Physics at Princeton University until 1997 and is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics - and former general director - at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

    He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 along with Franck Wilczek and David Politzer for the "discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of strong interactions." He has received other international distinctions such as the Sakurai, MacArthur, Dirac, Oscar Klein, Harvey, Particle Physics Prize and Grande Medaille d'Or.

    He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Academy of Indian and Chinese. In 2003, Gross was among the 22 Nobel Laureates who signed the "Humanist Manifesto".

    [02] Amphipolis was commissioned by Alexander for Hephaestion

    ANA/MPA---The Amphipolis tomb was commissioned and financed by Alexander the Great in honour of his beloved friend Hephaestion. It was designed by architect Dinokrates or Stesikrates and was constructed at the end of the 4th century BC by Antigonus I Monophthalmus.

    These are the conclusions of archaeologists and excavators of the monument that based on new finds decoded three inscriptions that were recently found at the area where the Lion of Amphipolis was found, a few kilometers south of the tomb.

    The new evidence and finds were presented late Wednesday at an Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in an event entitled "Searching Kasta Hill in Amphipolis 2012-2014", the first open event in which the chief archeologist at Amphipolis excavations Katerina Peristeri spoke.

    "The secret of the construction of the Amphipolis monument lies on the top of the monument where a wooden pole was placed to support the Lion, said architect responsible for the excavation Michalis Lefantzis.

    The great inscriptions (approximately 25cm height) that bore the 'signature' ANT (A 'signature' found in all Antigonides and here is attributed to Antigonus I Monophthalmus) and the complex of letters form the name "Hephaestion" meaning "I, Antigonus received construction material for the erection of a monument in honour of Hephaestion...)

    During her speech, chief excavator Peristeri presented in detail the up to date finds and insisted on her initial view that it is a memorial constructed at the end of the 4th century BC.

    The amphitheatre of the university ceremony hall was packed however only a few archaeologists and university professors attended the event.

    The yard and the entrance of the ceremony hall were full of leaflets saying "Amphipolis carcass stinks of nationalism..." The text signed by the "autonomous historian-archaeologist group of Thessaloniki University" also said "archaeology in Greece always served national interests as one of the state's ideological mechanisms".

    [03] International Kart circuit in Patras at the weekend

    ANA/MPA---The international Kart circuit will be held for 7th consecutive year in the streets of the historic center of the city of Patras on 3 and 4 October.

    The organisers estimate 40,000 spectators will watch the 70 drivers that are expected to participate in the circuit.

    During the two days, racing cars that will participate in the Rally Acropolis to start in a few days will parade from the circuit.

    Finally, the spectators will have the opportunity to see the single-seater formula cars of the Universities of Patras, Thessaly and the Technological Institute of Piraeus as well as classic cars.

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