During the academic year 2016-2017, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Natural Sciences and Humanities will organise a series of Seminars on History of Science held by outstanding scholars of the field.
The seminars will be scheduled on a monthly basis.
The first speakers of the series will be: Malcolm Longair, FMR and former Director of Cavendish Institute in Cambridge, who will discuss how Maxwell discovered the Laws of Electromagnetism and the important role played in the discovery by the analogies; Don Zagier, a well known number theorist, who will unveil the fascinating story of the mathematical discoveries made in Japan during the 17th and 18th centuries, in the period in which the country was in complete isolation; Elena Castellani, a recognised philosopher of science, who will discuss the crucial role played by symmetry in the development of science; Luisa Bonolis, a renowned historian of science of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, who will underline the emergence of a crucial scientific area as the relativistic astrophysics, starting from the first analysis of white dwarfs in the mid 1920 to recent studies on colliding massive stars.
The schedule will be as follows:
- Malcom Longair, 23 November 2016, 3 pm, room 138 - SISSA
- Don Zagier, 6 December 2016, 4 pm, room 138 - SISSA
- Elena Castellani, 18 January 2017, 3pm, room 138 - SISSA
- Luisa Bonolis, 22 February 2017, 3 pm, room 138 - SISSA
All seminars will be held in room 138, first floor SISSA Via Bonomea 265 - Trieste.
Summary of the topics and more complete information on these events can be found in this document
The series of meetings will continue in March, April and May with talks about the life and work of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) (by Anna Maria Lombardi), Giuseppe Occhialini (1907-1993) (by Valeria delle Cave) and the history of the theory of strings (by Andrea Cappelli).
Additional details will be provided in due time.