Shanghai Daily news
Hungarian innovation will be to the fore in Shanghai for World Expo 2010, the
country's visiting Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany said yesterday.
Hungarian creation that is sure to be an Expo center of attention is hard to
describe, but let's say that, thanks to cutting-edge physics, it's a stand-up
invention ... quite literally.
Hungary is claiming the invention to be
the world's first evenly weighted ever-standing object. It resembles a tumbler
and always returns to the standing position after falling, but the bottom weighs
the same as the top.
Gyurcsany was speaking at a news conference while
leading a 143-member delegation to inaugurate the Shanghai part of the
"Hungarian Season in China" which runs until next April.
conference, he unveiled a gift bust of Hungarian poet Petofi Sandor (1823-1849)
in the Lu Xun Park of Hongkou District.
In China, one of Sandor's poems,
"Liberty, Love!" became enormously popular early last century.
poems were translated for the first time by Lu Xun (1881-1936), a Chinese
literary giant, Lu Xun Park was selected for the bust as it contains Lu's tomb
and memorial hall.
But Gyurcsany seemed more content to wax lyrical about
the Expo and modern creativity. "We will show the innovative spirit of a
European country with Asian origins at the Expo," he said.
In May, two
Hungarian researchers found that one object could have more than two points of
balance - and came up with the extraordinary tumbler.
Their discovery was
published in the respected journal Mathematical Messenger.
the discovery may have tremendous economic value not just for the toy industry
but also in the industrial field.
In a meeting with City Mayor Han Zheng,
the prime minister expressed hopes of helping Shanghai with its environmental
protection for the World Expo, such as by using its advanced sewage-treatment
Both attended a signing ceremony marking Hungary's participation in the
Before Shanghai, Gyurcsany visited Beijing where it was agreed to
jointly build a China Brand Trade Center in Budapest in 2009.
yesterday, Gyurcsany's wife, Klara Dobrev, visited Fudan University's Children's
Hospital, presenting US$100,000 worth of cardiovascular equipment donated by a
Hungarian medical company.
She then distributed Hungarian children's
books for the young patients.