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57. (A Special Story)
On December 11, 2001, one hundred and fifty Nobel Prize laureates gathered in Stockholm and Oslo to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the prizes. One hundred and ten members among them signed the statement entitled "The Next Hundred Years," urging industrial nations to work cooperatively to solve the problems that might contribute to global terrorism and unrest in the developing world.1 The Statement can be summarized as follows:
John Polanyi of the University of Toronto, a 1986 chemistry laureate and the driving force of the Statement, says in the journal of American Chemical Society that the statement was released to all the leading daily newspapers of U. S. A., but that none of them reported it because of the resistance by the strong opinion in the country that the war against terrorism was a matter of the highest priority. We need to let people the world over know the Statement by every method of communication.
You can find the full text of the Statement and the list of signatories at the following URLs:
The latter site provided by Polanyi includes the pages of the Introduction and the Preamble of the Statement. The Preamble says, "September 11th's appalling terrorist attack occurred after the Statement was written." The foresight of Polanyi and other laureates who prepared the statement is wonderful.
20 Feb 02