Here comes what I really wanted to say.
Koreans have a cultural base that is quite different from that of the
United State. The United States is a highly competitive world. Thus,
did I have to give up my Korean background in order to pick up a new
culture in America?
My answer was clearly No.
I had to strengthen my own Korean root to compete with others in the United State.
Thus, what are the cultural assets I inherited from Korea? I would like to
itemize those assets.
Koreans know how to construct their industrial base and their democracy.
Koreans are art-loving people.
- When Koreans construct buildings, they consider how they look with the natural environment.
- Korean Architecture.
Harmony with nature.
- Another Photo in harmony
- This Simple Structure in
Pyongyang is an integral component of nature. Korea used to be and still
is one country sharing the same cultural heritage.
Unlike those European cathedrals, Korean houses and buildings do not
stand out. It is very difficult to extract artistic values from them.
Right? Wrong! The strength of Korean architecture is its harmony
with nature. I can of course talk more about its historical origin,
but let me stop here.
- How about harmony in physics? Whenever there is a great breakthrough,
it is accompanied by a harmonious union of two or more existing
These two great theories formulated in the 20th century are relativity
and quantum mechanics. They were developed separately. It is a great
challenge to see whether they can be combined harmoniously into one theory.
Of course, the present form of quantum field theory is a great step toward
solving comet (scattering) problems. How about bound systems like the
hydrogen atom consisting of one proton and one electron.
- Newton was able to combine comets (open orbits) and planets
(bound orbits) into one equation of motion.
- Maxwell was able to unify electricity and magnetism to
formulate electromagnetism, responsible for today's
- Einstein observed this mismatch between mechanics and electromagnetism
and fixed the problem to formulate the principle of relativity
- Heisenberg came up with his uncertainty priciple in an attempt to
achieve a harmony between the particle nature and wave nature of matter.
Koreans are song-loving people.
BTS: Group of singing Korean boys at the White House (2022).
Food tray for their ancestors on the Korean thanksgiving day (Chuseok), with
the full moon in September.
Koreans, on both sides, celebrate the same set of traditional holidays with the
same set of songs and dances.
- Koreans were farmers, September is the harvest month for them. The full-moon
day of September is their thanksgiving day. They developed songs and dances to
celebrate the results of their hard works.
There then came Western influence during the early years of the 20th Century. They
developed their music skills with guitars, pianos, and other musical instruments.
Koreans then started composing their own heart-moving songs.
- Unfortunately Korea was occupied by Japanese imperialists in 1910, and then by
two separate armies after 1945. Consequently two separate governments were set up.
The communist government in the North and the democratic system in the South.
This political division of the country did not divide the song culture for
- Koreans in the North love the songs composed in the South.
Click here for
one of those songs.
- Koreans in the South love the songs composed in the North.
Let us hear
one of their songs.
- Joint performance in Pyongyang of the musicians from both sides.
Sooner or later, hopefully sooner, Korea should be united into one country. Nobody
says the instrument of unification is another war. The true instruments are
Korean hearts and minds. Korean songs constitute the powerful representation
of Korean hearts and minds.
- These days, thanks to the development of HD televisions, the sound-only culture
of songs became the integrated culture of songs with dances. As we all know, Korea
is one of the leading countries in this new form of culture.
with Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn (Germany).
- Koreans also love classical music of the West. Beethoven, Bach, and Tchaikovsky are
the names familiar to all Koreans. I am one of those Koreans who love classical music.
How did I learn? In Korea, I had a short wave radio to listen to the world. In
recent years, I travel around the world and visit music halls and talk with musicians.
You are invited to the photos of music halls I visited in many different countries.
- Einstein was a muisic lover, so are most of my colleagues in physics. I can not
explain why one has to love music in order to do physics research, but it is interesting
to note all good physicists are music lovers.
Koreans know how to believe in Jesus.
- Unlike China, Japan and other countries in Asia, Koreans know how to believe
in Jesus. I am not a religions person, but my Christian background is much
stronger than my American colleagues who think I am a Buddhist. You can see
my unusual Christian background from this webpages.
The third building of the Presbyterian church in Sorae (now in North Korea) built in
1934. I attended this church until 1946 when my family moved to Seoul to avoid
the communist rule being set up there.
Click here for the history of this church.
- Click here for
the church I attended during my childhood years.
- Story of Nicodemus.
I met Paul A. M. Dirac (Nobel 1933). I was like Nicodemus who met Jesus (Story in
the Gospel of John).
Who was Nicodemus? Click here.
- Garden of Eden. I have the same
number of ribs on both sides of my chest. Thus, God pulled out two ribs from me.
How can I prove it?
- Moses talked to God. I talked to
- Herod complex. Psychology among academicians.
Korean History is longer than that of the United States.
- The Korean way of thinking was heavily influenced by the philosophies developed in China, namely
Taoism and Confucianism. Taoism for science, and Conformism for ethics. During the
12th Century, the Chinese scholar named
Zhu Xi synthesized these two philosophies. This new philosophy is known as
Koreans adopted this neo-Confucianism for the national ideology during the 15th Century, and
the Taoist influence is reflected in the Korean national flag. This Taoism can play a
role in Western philosophies. Kant and Hegel are among the most influential Western
- In Korea, you have to pretend to know about Kant and Hegel if you like to be treated as
an educated person, even if you do not know anything about them. The environment is
quite different in USA. Kant and Hegel are strange names on American university
The science of physics is to derive one formula or a basket of formula which will tell
what happens in the world. The following diagram tells how Taoism can play its
role in combining Kant and Hegel.
- The point is that Einstein's brain worked exactly in this way.
Click here for a detailed story.
- Beyond Einstein? We can ask now whether both the theory of relativity and
the present form of quantum mechanics can be derived from one basket of
equation. This means whether Einstein's E = mc2 can be erived from
Heisenberg's brackets for the uncertainty relations. Crazy enough? I like to be
recognized and rememebered as the person who proved this is possible.
Click here for my story.