This seminar addressed various topics and different issues related essentially to cosmology and quantum field theories.
Jean-Michel Alimi (France), Claudio Bartocci (Italy), Luciano Boi (France), organiser, Michel Boileau (France), Mauro Carfora (Italy), Gabriel Catren (France), Mauro Francaviglia (Italy), Alexei Grinbaum (France), Joseph Kouneiher (France), Marc Lachieze-Rey (France), Gianni Landi (Italy), Jean-Pierre Luminet (France), organiser, Annalisa Marzuoli (Italy), Ugo Moschella (France), Frédéric Patras (France), Sisir Roy (India), Jeffrey Weeks (U.S.A.)
From the Universe to the quantum world: geometric and topological structures
by Luciano Boi and Jean-Pierre Luminet
5 – 10 May, 2008
The general aim of the meeting was to examine the role of geometrical and topological concepts and methods in the developments of theoretical physics, especially in cosmology, quantum field theory, string theory, quantum gravity and non-commutative geometry, and then to show the great significance of these concepts and methods for a better understanding of our universe and the physical world at the very small scale. Several speakers stressed the crucial fact that many physical phenomena appear to be related to deep geometrical and topological invariants, and furthermore that they are effect which emerge, in a sense, from the geometric structure of space-time.