Geometry was the first exciting course I remember.
Education in my family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'etre.
The atoms become like a moth, seeking out the region of higher laser intensity.
I approached the bulk of my schoolwork as a chore rather than an intellectual adventure.
There were only two other Chinese families in this town of 25,000, but to our parents, the determining factor was the quality of the public school system.
So imagine a world 6 degrees warmer. It's not going to recognize geographical boundaries. It's not going to recognize anything. So agriculture regions today will be wiped out.
However, when my parents married in 1945, China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning grew increasingly remote, and they decided to begin their family in the United States.
I performed adequately at school, but in comparison to my older brother, who set the record for the highest cumulative average for our high school, my performance was decidedly mediocre.
At Rochester, I came with the same emotions as many of the entering freshman: everything was new, exciting and a bit overwhelming, but at least nobody had heard of my brothers and cousins.
Let me state what the official IPCC prediction is: Sea levels could go up as much as three-quarters of a meter in this century, but there is a reasonable probability it could be much higher than that.