The Scientific Legacy of the 20th Century

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Plenary Session 28 October - 1 November 2010
W. Arber, J. Mittelstrass, M. Sánchez Sorondo (eds)
Acta 21
Vatican City, 2011
pp. 376
ISBN 978-88-7761-101-7

Preview

Philosophical Foundations of Science in the 20th Century (PDF)
Jürgen Mittelstrass


SESSION I


The Explanatory Gap in Neuroscience (PDF)
Lucia Melloni & Wolf Singer


Great Discoveries Made by Radio Astronomers During the Last Six Decades and Key Questions Today (PDF)
Govind Swarup


SESSION II: PHYSICS


My Personal Experience on the Scientific Legacy of the 20th Century (PDF)
Antonino Zichichi


The Emergence of Order (PDF)
Walter Thirring


The Laser and How it Happened (PDF)
Charles H. Townes


SESSION III: EARTH AND ENVIRONMENT SCIENCES


Quantifying the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Vegetation Diversity at Large Spatial Scales (PDF)
Megan Konar, Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe


The place of Man in Nature – Epistemological Notes (PDF)
Jean-Michel Maldamé


The Discovery of DNA as a Contribution to Understand the Aristotelian Theory of Generation (PDF)
Enrico Berti


SESSION IV: CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY


The Evolutionary Lottery (PDF)
Christian de Duve


Therapeutic Vaccines Against Cancer and Autoimmune Diseases (PDF)
Michael Sela


The Evolving Concept of the Gene (PDF)
Rafael Vicuña


Molecular Darwinism and its Relevance for Translational Genetic Research (PDF)
Werner Arber


Evo-Devo: the Merging of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology (PDF)
Edward M. De Robertis


New Developments in Stem Cell Biotechnology (PDF)
Nicole M. Le Douarin


Genomic Exploration of the RNA Continent (PDF)
Takashi Gojobori


Transgenic Crops and the Future of Agriculture (PDF)
Peter H. Raven


Genetic Engineering of Plants: My Experience With the Development of a Key Technology for Food Security (PDF)
Ingo Potrykus


SESSION V: NEUROSCIENCE AND IMMUNOLOGY


Discovery of the Defensive System of the Endothelium, the Lining of the Arterial Wall (PDF)
Andrzej Szczeklik


Intracellular Protein Degradation: From a Vague Idea thru the Lysosome and the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System and onto Human Diseases and Drug Targeting (PDF)
Aaron Ciechanover


APPENDIX


Reflections on the Demographic Question and on Pastoral Guidance (PDF)
Bernardo Colombo


How to Become Science? The Case of Cosmology (PDF)
Michael Heller

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