XVII International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics

Geometry and Physics

 

15-19 September 2014

Cesena (FC), Centro Culturale S. Biagio, via Aldini 24



This is the XVII edition of the summer school in philosophy of physics that each year tackles foundational questions that lie at the border between physics and philosophy. This year the topic is “Geometry and Physics”. The school will address questions such as: does geometry tell matter how to move? Does matter tell space which geometry it should take? Does geometry tell us that the distinction between past, present and future is but a persistent illusion? Or even: is the universe pure geometry, basically a beautiful shape twisting around and dancing over spacetime?

The school is directed to PhD students, post-docs, researchers and professors alike, but more in general to anyone who is interested in topics in the foundations of physics, and sees the participation of leading scholars in the field.




15th September

        16.00 - 17.00 Introduction to the school and Presentation of the seminars

        17.00 - 18.30 Carlo Pedretti, University of California
                Geometria e Meccanica nell’opera di Leonardo


16th September

          9.00 - 11.00 Dennis Dieks, Utrecht University
                Physical geometry from Euclid to Einstein, Part I

        11.30 - 13.30 Dennis Dieks, Utrecht University
                Physical geometry from Euclid to Einstein, Part II

        15.30 – 16.50 Giovanni Macchia, University of Urbino
                Geometria e Universi


17th September

         
9.00 - 11.00 Fred A. Muller, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University
                Geometry and Ontology of Physics, Part I

       11.30 - 13.30 Fred A. Muller, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University
                Geometry and Ontology of Physics, Part II

        15.30 – 16.50 Nino Zanghì, University of Genoa
                La fisica in tre parole: spazio, materia e movimento


18th September

          9.00 - 11.00 Dennis Dieks, Utrecht University
                Physical geometry from Euclid to Einstein, Part III

        11.30 - 13.30 Fred A. Muller, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University
                Geometry and Ontology of Physics, Part III

        15.30 - 17.30 Vincenzo Fano, University of Urbino
                Representation through geometrical spaces in field theories and quantum mechanics


19th September

          9.00 - 10.30 Dennis Dieks,  Utrecht University
                Physical geometry from Euclid to Einstein, Part IV

        11.00 - 12.30 Fred A. Muller, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University
                Geometry and Ontology of Physics, Part IV


Postgraduate conference


        15:00 - 15:40 F. Zalamea, University of Paris Diderot, 
                Physical States as Representations of Geometry
 
        15:40 - 16:20 J. Doboszewski, Jagellonian University Cracow, 
                Conditions for Physically Reasonable Spacetimes in General Relativity: the Case of Anti De Sitter Spacetime
 
        16:40 - 17:20 S. Bordoni, University of Bologna, 
                Physical Spaces for Classical Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics



CIRFIS Directive Council
Gino Tarozzi (Director), Vincenzo Fano and Isabella Tassani (Secretary), University of  Urbino; Fabrizio Bonoli and Barbara Pecori, University of Bologna; Fabio Minazzi and Ugo Moschella, University of Insubria; Mario Castellana and Arcangelo Rossi, University of  Salento; Franco Pollini, Municipality of Cesena.

SCHOOL DIRECTORS
Claudio Calosi (University of Urbino claudio.calosi@uniurb.it) and Pierluigi Graziani (University of Chieti-Pescara, pierluigi.graziani@unich.it)

SCHOOL SECRETARY
Giovanni Macchia (University of Urbino), Email: cirfis.scuolaestiva@gmail.com

LOGISTICS INFORMATION
Dr. Franco Pollini, fpollini@teatrobonci.it or Cesena Official Tourist Information Email: iat@comune.cesena.fc.it