What is the h-principle?

“Flexible Mathematics, or… what is the h-principle?” is the title of SISSA new colloquium by Stanford University mathematician Yakov Eliashberg. Eliashberg is a world-renowned expert in the area of symplectic and contact topology. He was awarded the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics from the Swedish Academy of Sciences “for the development of contact and symplectic topology and groundbreaking discoveries of rigidity and flexibility phenomena”.  The colloquium will take place at SISSA Main Hall  on Tuesday 17 October starting from 5 p.m. (Image: Wikipedia)

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The third edition of the National Conference on the Physics of Matter will take place at ICTP-SISSA Miramare Campus from 1 to 5 October. The Conference is organized by CNISM and CNR with the collaboration of SISSA and ICTP. Conference Chairs will be SISSA director Stefano Ruffo, Corrado Spinella from CNR and Ezio Puppin from CNISM. Topics of the event include Biophysics, Plasma Physics, Superconductivity, Nanotechnologies and Statistical Physics. (Image by Rost-9D, Istock by Getty Images)

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Unraveling the sense of smell

An odour can trigger a memory, cause disgust or even save our lives. Nonetheless, although it is so important for our existence, olfaction still remains the most enigmatic of our senses. Its mysteries and marvels will be analysed by Nobel Prize Linda Buck during the ICTP-SISSA Colloquium open to the public, titled “Unraveling the sense of smell”. The American neurobiologist will share the main phases of forty years of research on the functioning of the olfactory system and its impact on emotions and behaviours. Buck will be in Trieste to participate in the “Conference on Frontiers in Olfaction” which will be held from 24 to 28 July at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics "Abdus Salam" (ICTP). The Colloquium will take place on Tuesday 25 July at 5:00 p.m at ICTP (Leonardo Da Vinci Building).

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MARS42 is a Summer School aimed at providing Master and PhD students or Post-Doc researchers with useful tools for seeing their studies in a new light. The school represents a unique opportunity to acquire important skills in the field of companies’ R&D and to learn how to transform scientific research into innovative business projects. The MARS 42 Summer Entrepreneurship School will be held at SISSA between 10 and 23 July 2017. (Image: Wikipedia)

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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“If I knew how to take a good pic, I would always do it”

“If I knew how to take a good picture, I would always do it” is a series of seminars organized by Andrea Tomicich and Giuseppe Mussardo at SISSA. From 18th May to 15th June 2017, every Thursday the speakers will lead the audience into a fascinating world that will merge the story of great photographers, and their memorable pictures, with the history of this beautiful art form. The first seminar is entitled “Flash of lights. The first great photographers” and is scheduled for Thursday 18 May.

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The birth of Gravitational Wave

On Tuesday 28 February 2017, Adele La Rana, from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, will give a seminar on the history of gravitational waves studies, focusing on the origin of the first experimental activities in Italy aimed at detecting gravitational radiation. “The Birth of Gravitational Wave. Research in Italy: Insights into a Scientific Frontier Adventure” is one of the “History of science” seminars organized by SISSA Interdisciplinary Laboratory.

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