The Scientific Legacy of the 20th Century

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


Philosophical Foundations of Science in the 20th Century

Jürgen Mittelstraß

Session I

The Explanatory Gap in Neuroscience

Wolf J. Singer

Great Discoveries Made by Radio Astronomers During the Last Six Decades and Key Questions Today

Govind Swarup

Session II - Physics

My Personal Experience on the Scientific Legacy of the 20th Century

Antonino Zichichi

The Emergence of Order

Walter Thirring

The Laser and How it Happened

Charles H. Townes

Session III: Earth and Environmental Sciences

Quantifying the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Vegetation Diversity at Large Spatial Scales

Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe

The place of Man in Nature – Epistemological Notes

Jean-Michel Maldamé

The Discovery of DNA as a Contribution to Understand the Aristotelian Theory of Generation

Enrico Berti

Session IV: Cellular and Molecular Biology

The Evolutionary Lottery

Christian de Duve

Therapeutic Vaccines Against Cancer and Autoimmune Diseases

Michael Sela

The Evolving Concept of the Gene

Rafael Vicuña

Molecular Darwinism and its Relevance for Translational Genetic Research

Werner Arber

Evo-Devo: the Merging of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology

Edward M. De Robertis

New Developments in Stem Cell Biotechnology

Nicole M. Le Douarin

Genomic Exploration of the RNA Continent

Takashi Gojobori

Transgenic Crops and the Future of Agriculture

Peter H. Raven

Genetic Engineering of Plants: My Experience With the Development of a Key Technology for Food Security

Ingo Potrykus

Session V: Neuroscience and Immunity

Discovery of the Defensive System of the Endothelium, the Lining of the Arterial Wall

Andrzej Szczeklik

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

Aaron Ciechanover


Reflections on the Demographic Question and on Pastoral Guidance

Bernardo Colombo

How to Become Science? The Case of Cosmology

Michael Heller