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Faces of Science: Chen Ning Yang

Mariana Cook’s book, “Faces of Science,” portrays 77 scientists who have made many of the most important discoveries of our time. Each photograph is accompanied by a personal essay written by the scientists. The portraits in this online series are accompanied by excerpts from those essays. For more information, please visit Mariana Cook’s website:

Chen Ning Yang - Photos and Text ©Mariana Cook “Faces of Science”

Shakespeare likened life to a play of seven acts, of which the seventh and final act

     Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
     Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

I am, fortunately, with teeth, with eyes, with taste, with almost everything, and I have been given the chance to help Tsinghua University to build a research center. Tsinghua University campus is where I had grown up. My life has gone full circle:

     In my beginning is my end,
     In my end is my beginning.

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Mariana Cook

    MARIANA COOK is a fine art photographer whose work is held in numerous institutional and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Bibliothèque Nationale and Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. Ten books of her work have been published, including the best-selling Fathers and Daughters (1994) and the most recent, Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution (2013). Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries was her first book of landscapes, which was released in 2011 to much acclaim. Her website is