On the evening of June 2, “Eternity”, one of the original campus drama series on the theme of "great masters" in the first Beihang Art Festival, was performed at the Sunrise Concert Hall.
Lin Dewei, the eldest son of Lin Shie, Cheng Bo, Vice Secretary of the Party Committee of Beihang University, heads of the Youth League Committee, Archives/School History Museum, Beihang School and the School of Instrumentation and Optoelectronic Engineering, and nearly 500 teachers and students watched the performance.
On July 1, 1913, Lin Shie was born in Guangdong province. The seeds of patriotism were planted in his heart and mind when he was young. In 1931, the Japanese fascists launched the “918” incident, and brazenly invaded the Northeast China. At that time, Lin was studying at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was determined to save the country by devoting to the fields of aeronautics and astronautics, so he went abroad to study at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He creatively proposed “a method of splitting the roots of higher-order algebraic equations”, which was later called as “Lin’s Method” by the international mathematical community and became the first math method named after a Chinese. Lin decided to leave the fine job in U.S. after graduation and go back to his homeland to work for the construction of his country. At the beginning of the laboratory, Lin continued to do research and innovate despite the hardships and lack of materials. Because of his innovative spirit, China's gyroscope field was able to grow from scratch and create brilliance.
Mr. Lin cared for his students not only by nurturing them in study and research but also by enthusiastically guiding them with positive political ideas. He also cared for the young teachers, and several teachers trained by Lin played important role in the teaching profession.
The play “Eternity” was written, directed and performed by the Light Wing Drama Group of the School of Instrumentation and Optoelectronic Engineering. It was premiered in 2015 and has performed five times in the Yongman Theater, Sunrise Concert Hall and Shahe Gymnasium. The play is based on the life of Mr. Lin Shie, and is divided into eight acts. It portrays the life of Mr. Lin, and extols the eternal “gyroscopic spirit” of “patriotism, innovation and dedication" of Beihangers represented by Mr. Lin Shie.
Reported by Jin Hong
Reviewed by Liu Gang
Translated by Li Zhuoyang