阿罗什： 我的故事有点相像，实际上我也喜欢数学，但这和我的父母没有任何关系，他们更多地倾向于文学这一边，看到我钻研数学他们会带着一种…… ，哦！但是他们很高兴……。对这个领域他们完全是外行，我父亲是一个律师，我母亲是教师。但是我[和大卫一样]也喜欢数学，正如大卫说的，我喜欢你可以用简单的数学理解世界这样的想法。那是一个……，因为我们是同一年出生的，我想大卫也有相同的经历，当我们长大的时候，当我十四岁那一年，那是苏联第一颗人造卫星上天的那一年，接着是第一批发射到月球的火箭，用我们在中学里学的数学，我能计算人造卫星的速度，和到月球的逃逸速度。让我着迷的是，你可以用很简单的数学理解那个时候非常令人激动的事情，所以我得说那是让我走上这条道路的原因。
Adam Smith：There is a nice parallelism between you, we will explore it a little bit during the interview. But for a start, you were born in the same year, different places of cource, and, you both knew fairly early on, I think, that you wanted to become scientists. What drove you as a child to become a scientist?
David Wineland：Oh, in my case, I think, I always like mathematics, maybe that was partly due to my father who would play mathematical games with me, so I always have this interest.
Adam Smith：What sort of games did you play?
David Wineland：Oh, Simple games when I was younger, for example, in rapid succession, adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying, that sort of thing. I suppose part of it was that I knew that was one competition where I could beat my older sister. So that helped, maybe. But, anyway, so I always like math. Then, in highschool, I took my first physics class, as a senior in highschool. I like it because it involves math and how math could explain some simple physical things we see around us, and I just like it from then on.
Adam Smith：So it sort of made sense of the world, if you like.
David Wineland：Yeah, in a simple way, that’s right.
Adam Smith：[turning to Haroche] Was it the same for you?
Serge Haroche：My story is a little bit the same, in fact, I like math too, but it has nothing to do with my parents, who were more on the literary side, who saw me going through math with some kind of ..., Oh! .... but they were very pleased.... They were not at all in this field, my father was a lawyer, my mother a teacher, and, ...., but I like math too, and, as Dave said, I like the idea that you can understand the world with simple math. It was a time..., since we were born in the same year, I think, it was the same experience for Dave, when we grew up, when I was fourteen years old, it was the year of the first Sputniks. and then the first rockets sent to the moon, and with the kind of math we had in highschool I was able to compute the velocity of the sattelites, and the escape velocity to the moon, I was fascinated with the fact that you can use simple mathematics to understand things which were very exciting at that time, so I must say that that’s what put me on this track.
（Roy Xie） 2013年10月16日听录翻译