Today, despite of the damn cold weather we have in this beautiful city called Brussels (< 0 ºC), I went with a friend (German, of course) to take a walk in Parc Duden. It is a large park located in the southwest of Brussels, on the right side of the Belgian’s Senne, where the height of some trees is probably the most remarkable thing to see.
And there, by chance, we discovered there is a small château dedicated to Ilya Prigogine. It’s been a sweet and unexpected surprise in a hard morning. Why him? Why there? The thing is that although he was born in Russia, his family emigrated abroad. First to Germany (of course), and then to Belgium. There he obtained the Belgian citizenship and studied Physics. Because he was a physicist. To be honest, this morning I wasn’t able to say if he was a physicist or a chemist. I guess I was a bit confused with the fact that he obtained the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1977.
He’s a famous example of one of these XXth century physicists who started connecting fundamental Science with classically unconnected issues like irreversibility, complexity and social modeling. Because of them, everything became a hell funnier, and more complicated.
And thanks to The Source Of All Knowledge I’ve found this video [8:30] where you can see him talking about that topics:
I realize now how much I miss working in fundamental Science. I stopped in February, and it’s already unbearable.