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"Paolo Budinich e i paradossi dell'avventura"

Paolo Budinich was a scientist, a dreamer, a strategist, an optimist, an initiatior. He was a sailor, too, always ready to raise anchor and set sail for new adventures. "Paolo Budinich e i paradossi dell'avventura" is the play written by Diana Hobel  that tells the story of this great man to whom the Trieste's scientific institutes owe so much. This is the SISSA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2017 third event and will take place at SISSA's amphitheater (or in the Main Hall in heavy weather). The show will start at 7 p.m. All are welcome!

SigmaPhi Prize 2017 to SISSA director STEFANO RUFFO

SISSA director Stefano Ruffo is one of the winners of the SigmaPhi Prize 2017, together with Ralf Metzler and David Mukamel. The SigmaPhi Prize was instituted by the SigmaPhi Conference to honor exceptional achievements in Statistical Physics. Stefano Ruffo is awarded "for his outstanding contributions to the statistical and dynamical behaviour of systems of nonlinear coupled oscillators and with long-range interactions".

Summer School in Enumerative Geometry

Gromov-Witten invariants, which ''count'' curves (with appropriate extra conditions) on smooth projective varieties, were introduced more than two decades ago; motivated by high energy physics, they ended up revolutionizing enumerative algebraic geometry and provided a bridge to other branches of mathematics. The Summer School in Enumerative Geometry will bring doctoral students, post-docs, and anyone interested from a review of the basic construction to current, state-of-the art research in this field.

SISSA AT VENICE's BIENNALE INNOVAZIONE 2017

“Technology innovation offer” is the title of the round table scheduled for Friday 23 June as one of the several appointments of Venice’s “Biennale innovazione 2017”. During the event, the rectors of Triveneto’s universities will present the SMACT Competence Center. Supported by these academies, the Center will be a new “ecosystem” able to create connections between companies and leading innovation actors.

Geometric Correspondences of Gauge Theories

The conference will be centered on the hottest research topics in formal theoretical physics, mathematical physics and in geometry focusing on exact aspects in quantum field theories, integrable systems and the refined underlying geometric and algebraic constructions. As a topic "geometric correspondence" includes the phenomenon of duality in physics and the counting of topological invariants in mathematics.

Nature’s optics and our understanding of light

Optical phenomena visible to everyone have been central to the development of, and abundantly illustrate, important concepts in science and mathematics. The phenomena considered include rainbows, sparkling reflections on water, mirages, green flashes, glories, daylight, and the crystals. The concepts include refraction, caustics, wave interference, dispersion, complex angular momentum, polarization singularities, geometric phases, and visual illusions.

Social media and emergency: instructions for use

In recent years, social networks have become a primary source of information for citizens and, sometimes, for journalists. In particular, in emergency situations - like earthquakes, floods or terroristic attacks – they have proved themselves to be a fundamental tool for real time updating. A reliability problem exists, though. Are they really such a good source? Are we able to understand how to use them in emergency communication?

Newton’s physics: A new “history of science” seminar

On Tuesday 20 June, Paolo Bussotti from University of Udine DIUM will give a seminar entitiled "Newton’s physics: the results of a genius lived in the 17th century" dedicated to Isaac Newton and his research. In 1687 Newton published his Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. This text can be considered the most important contribution to the birth of modern physics. In the three books, Newton explained rational mechanics, hydrodynamics and presented his system of the world.

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