On Fang Lizhi (1936–2012)

Extraordinary article from The New York Review of Books. My favorite passage:

Some call him China’s Sakharov, and that’s fine. But to me, Fang and the Communist Party are more like Galileo and the Roman church. An astrophysicist against powerful and arbitrary authority; the authority persecutes the physicist, but the physicist gets the truth right.

The world is a darker place without the heresy of Fang Lizhi.

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