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Festival delle Scienze
January 19, 2012
The annual Roman event about science says it's only a matter of time
- Text by Valerio Mannucci
Today sees the opening of the Festival delle Scienze, this year focusing on the ambiguous concept of "time". The festival is one of the few institutional cultural formats that takes palce in Rome on a yearly base, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. It mixes different disciplines in a four-day-long event: physics, biology, psycology, religion, technology, art, music, poetry, economy, history, and so on.
In fact, it's easy to notice that the concept of time is pervading our lives and our reality in every aspects, from the most theoretic to the most practical. The central question is the change of conception from a rigid, absolute time as supposed by classical mechanics, to an elastic, relativistic time discovered by Einstein.
The general theory of relativity highlighted the coupling of time and space, within the same geometrical structure: a spacetime curved by the distribution of matter and energy. It opened fascinating aspects of time, such as the twin paradox, the frozen time of black holes, the possibility of time travel or the beginning of time in big-bang models. However, recent developments in fundamental physics raises new challenges about time that will be investigated in this festival through the contribution of personalities from several disciplines and through different formats.
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