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International Symposium on
Foundations in Mathematics and Biology
Problems, Prospects, Interactions

Pontifical Lateran University – Rome (Italy), November 26 –27, 1998


General Chairman:

Giovanni Prodi, UniversitÓ di Pisa (Italy).

Program Committee

Gianfranco Basti, Pontifical Lateran University (Vatican); George Coyne, Specola Vaticana (Vatican); Marco Forti, UniversitÓ di Pisa (Italy); Ludovico Galleni, UniversitÓ di Pisa (Italy); Furio Honsell, UniversitÓ di Udine (Italy) Antonio Luigi Perrone, Pontifical Lateran University (Vatican); Ichiro Tsuda, Hokkaido University (Japan).


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 Proceedings Published as a Special Issue of

Aquinas 43(2)2000

Available online (select title of each paper)

   
THURSDAY, 26 NOVEMBER, MORNING:
CHAIRMAN: Giovanni Prodi, University of Pisa
   
 9:30 Mgr. Angelo Scola, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University:
INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS
10:00 Francesco Paolo Casavola, Director of the Italian Enciclopedy Institute:
PRESENTATION OF THE COLLECTED WORK: "L'Uomo e la Vita" ("Man and Life"
)
10:30 Gianfranco Basti, Director of IRAFS:
THE MANIFOLD MEANING OF THIS CONFERENCE
   
10:45 Coffee Break
   
11:15 Marco Forti, University of Pisa, Italy:
THE FOUNDATIONAL THEORIES OF ENNIO DE GIORGI

12:15

General Discussion
   

12:45

End of the Session
   
 THURSDAY, 26 NOVEMBER, AFTERNOON:
CHAIRMAN: Marco Forti, University of Pisa
   
15:00 Francisco Ayala, University of California - Irvine, USA:
EVOLUTION AND THE AUTONOMY OF BIOLOGY
16:00 Ludovico Galleni, University of Pisa, Italy:
AXIOMATIZATION OF BIOLOGY WITHIN THE FOUNDATIONAL THEORY OF ENNIO DE GIORGI

17:00

 Discussion
   
17:15  Coffee Break
   
17:45 Antonio Luigi Perrone, PUL Research Laboratory, Italy:
A NEW AXIOMATIC APPROACH TO CHAOTIC SYSTEMS CHARACTERIZIATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR BIOLOGY
 18:45  Discussion
   
 19:00 End of the Session
   
   
 FRIDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, MORNING:
CHAIRMAN: Ludovico Galleni, University of Pisa
   
9:00  Giuseppe Longo, CNRS et Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France:
THE 'OTHER WAY ROUND': FROM BIOLOGY TO MATHEMATICS
 10:00 Discussion
   

10:15

Coffee Break
   

10:30

Kalevi Kull, University of Tartu, Estonia:
THEORETICAL BIOLOGY - GENERALISING AXIOMS, OR SPECIFYING SOLUTIONS?

11:30

Marie Claire Groessens Van Dyck, UniversitÚ de Louvain, Belgium:
IS THE PALEONTOLOGY FAR AWAY FROM BIOLOGY?

12:30

Discussion
   

12:45

 End of the Session
   

 FRIDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, AFTERNOON:
CHAIRMAN: Giuseppe Longo, Ecole Normale, Paris

   

15:00

Michael Ruse, University of Guelph, Canada:
IS BIOLOGY A DIFFERENT KIND OF SCIENCE?

16:00

Discussion
   

16:15

 Coffee Break
   

16:30

Round Table:
FOUNDATIONS IN MATHEMATICS AND BIOLOGY
WHICH PROSPECTS?
   

18:30

End of the Symposium 

 



Aim Of The Symposium

In the second anniversary of his untimely death, we want to commemorate Prof. Ennio De Giorgi of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy), one of the most important scholars in Mathematical Analysis of this century. We want to commemorate him by promoting an International and Interdisciplinary Symposium on a particular and not yet sufficiently known topic of De Giorgi's research and teaching work, during last ten years. The "basic theory" on the foundations of logic and mathematics he was developing with his collaborators, was aimed indeed to favorite the interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars of different disciplines, both scientific and humanistic. Ultimately, the theory was developed for giving a contribution to one of the most fascinating debates on foundations. It concerns the theoretical and mathematical basis of the biological sciences, main topic of our meeting.

This symposium is also the first public initiative organized by the International Research Area on Foundations of the Sciences (IRAFS), founded on October 1997 at the Pontifical Lateran University. This institution was originally promoted by Prof. Ennio De Giorgi and by Prof. Edward Nelson, from the Dept. of Mathematics of Princeton University (USA), actually General Scientific Advisor of the Area. The aim of this institution is to encourage the international debate on Foundations, as well as the education of young scientists and humanists on these themes.

For any question, please contact

Gianfranco Basti, Director of IRAFS, Pontifical Lateran University, Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano 4, 00120 Vatican City, Ph.-Fx.: +39 06 4742529, e-mail: basti@pul.it

Antonio Luigi Perrone, Secretary of IRAFS, Pontifical Lateran University, Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano 4, 00120 Vatican City, Ph-Fx: +39 06 4742529, e-mail: perrone@pul.it.