On Wednesday 18 January 2017, Elena Castellani, science philosopher and writer of the University of Florence, will give a seminar on the historical and philosophical aspects of symmetries in physics. The talk will present the historical roots of the concept of symmetry and, then, will provide an overview of the intellectual debate on this topic. It will highlight how the issues discussed relate to more traditional themes in the philosophy of science, such as the status of the laws of nature and, more generally, the relationships between mathematics, physical theory and the world.
SISSA is hosting the first of a series of meetings to discuss potential scenarios. To talk about the advancements and perspectives of this area, some of the top scientists in the field will be meeting on 10 and 11 January 2017
12 October 2016, 3.00 pm
SISSA, Main lecture hall
Via Bonomea 265, Trieste
21 September 2016, 3:00pm
SISSA, Aula Magna
Paolo Rossi, Physicist at the University of Pisa, whose eclectic interests range from particle physics to translating early medieval texts, will be the first speaker in this season’s SISSA colloquium series. His talk will focus on the study of surnames through statistical mechanics, a useful approach for investigating population genetics.
“Womath 2016 - Women and Research in Mathematics: the Contribution of SISSA”, to be held at SISSA from September 7th to September 9th, is a conference organized with the collaboration of the University of Udine, the University of Turin and of ERC Advanced Grant of Susanna Terracini, under the patronage of the Region Friuli Venezia-Giulia, of the Regional Commission for Equal Opportunities and of the Association of Journalists of Friuli Venezia-Giulia. Female professors, researchers, current and former female students working and involved with Mathematics will attend the event.
Massimiliano Di Ventra, Physicist at the University of California San Diego, will explain the basics of memcomputing, a new computational approach that uses memory for information processing and storage using the human brain as an analogy. The talk will be held in English and is open to the public.
15 June 2016, 3 pm
SISSA, Main Lecture Hall
The shape of a leaf, the pattern on a viper’s skin, a mollusc’s shell: Nature knows how to create accurate patterns. Alberto Bressan, mathematician at Penn State University (Pennsylvania, USA) will give a talk (for the SISSA Colloquia series) on the mathematics governing the growth of biological forms. The event, to be held in English, is free and open to the public
25 May 2016, 3:30p.m.
SISSA, Room 128
Via Bonomea 265, Trieste
The newest appointment in the SISSA colloquia calendar features Mathematics. Claudio Bartocci, mathematician at the Università di Genova, will give a talk intertwining mathematics and philosophy, specifically addressing the question of what role creativity, and, more generally, freedom play in the study of mathematics.