Hong Kong-raised mathematician Shing-Tung Yau looks back over his life and career in his autobiography The Shape of Life. Photo: Edward Wong

Maths genius on his journey from Hong Kong to Berkeley, Harvard and understanding the universe

  • Raised in a two-room shack next to a pig-pen, and with no books, Shing-Tung Yau defied the odds to become one of the world’s most influential mathematicians
  • Honoured at 33 for his work on string theory, his interest in maths is wide-ranging. ‘Learning is but a peep into the vast unknown’, he writes in autobiography
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Hong Kong-raised mathematician Shing-Tung Yau looks back over his life and career in his autobiography The Shape of Life. Photo: Edward Wong
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Andrew Shaw, author of Jade Life: An Englishman’s Love Affair with China’s National Treasure, at work in Suzhou, China. Photo: Andrew Shaw

Jade: how an Englishman fell under spell of the stone and learned Chinese so he could learn to carve it

  • Former BBC reporter Andrew Shaw gave up his career in journalism and life in England to become the only foreign master jade carver in China
  • In a new book, he describes the lengths he went to in his quest, from learning the craft to mastering the Chinese language
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Andrew Shaw, author of Jade Life: An Englishman’s Love Affair with China’s National Treasure, at work in Suzhou, China. Photo: Andrew Shaw
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