N1 Coradini "why this conference?"


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Talk of the "International Workshop on Paolo Farinella (1953-2000): the Scientists, the man", Pisa, 14-16 June 2010

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N1 Coradini "why this conference?"

  1. 1. Why this conference Paolo’s memories 10 years after his death
  2. 2. SOC • Luciano Anselmo (ISTI/CNR, Pisa) • Corrado Lamberti (Giornalista Carlo Bernardini (Dip. Fisica, Scientifico) Università "La Sapienza"; USPID, Francesco Lenci (IBF/CNR e USPID, Roma) Pisa) Bruno Bertotti (Dip. Fisica, Università David Lucchesi (IFSI/INAF, Roma; di Pavia) ISTI/CNR, Pisa) Adriano Campo Bagatin (Dip. di Andrea Milani (Dip. Matematica, Fisica, Università di Alicante) Università di Pisa) Andrea Cardillo (ISTI/CNR, Pisa) Anna Nobili (Dip. Fisica, Università di • Mario Carpino (OAB/INAF, Milano) Pisa) Alberto Cellino (OATo/INAF, Torino) Paolo Paolicchi (Dip. Fisica, Università • Priscilla Cerroni (IASF/INAF, Roma) di Pisa) Angioletta Coradini (IFSI/INAF, Roma) Alessandro Rossi (ISTI/CNR, Pisa) Valerio Iafolla (IFSI/INAF, Roma) Giovanni Valsecchi (IASF/INAF, Roma)
  3. 3. A vivid scientific life Paolo Farinella of the University of Pisa and Donald Davis of the Planetary Science Institute in Tuscon, Arizona, claim that although the Kuiper Belt is vast, so many objects orbit near the same plane that many collisions are likely to have taken place during the life of the Solar System (Science, vol 273, p 938). Davis and P. Farinella U. of Pisa put forth a new paradigm for the evolution of short period comets as part of their studies of the collisional evolution of small bodies of the solar system. As a planetary scientist, his work changed our view of the solar system revolutionizing the way we understand the orbital and collisional histories of asteroids. More than most scientists, he understood the physics, the mathematics and the data equally well.
  4. 4. Asteroid Comets Meteors 89 Paolo showing the Piazzi Mission “White Book”
  5. 5. Yarkovsky effect • His main field of research, and the one dearest to him, was on the Yarkovsky effect. • Farinella's study of this effect represents the peak of a lifetime of research on interplanetary dynamics and the collisionary evolution of asteroids. • His many articles and publications have received international recognition, and serve to reflect his vast scientific production.
  6. 6. Science for Peace • SCIENCE FOR PEACE series • Paolo was member of the Scientific Council of “Unione Scienziati Per Il Disarmo” and the Forum on the Problems of Peace and War. • Paolo began his 14-year association with Pugwash by attending the 1986 Pugwash Workshop, "Conventional Forces in Europe", in Castiglioncello, Italy. • He attended a total of eight Pugwash conferences and workshops, the last of which was the 1992 42nd Conference: "Shaping Our Common Future: Dangers and Opportunities" in Berlin, Germany.
  7. 7. Popularization • GAV ( Gruppo Astronomico di Viareggio) Honorary President • Benché il nostro sia il paese di Galileo, non si può dire che in esso la scienza goda di buona salute. • Le nostre spese per la ricerca non superano l’ 1,5% del prodotto nazionale lordo, circa la metà rispetto agli altri paesi industriali avanzati; gran parte di tali risorse sono destinate a finanziare ricerca industriale e applicata, non ricerca fondamentale; l’insegnamento della scienza nella scuola, in particolare nella scuola media, è quantitativamente ridotto e spesso qualitativamente scadente; e per quanto riguarda i media, dominano in questo campo il sensazionalismo, la superficialità, l’approssimazione. • Tutto ciò non è un caso: ancor oggi la cultura dominante in Italia vede la scienza come un insieme di specialismi e di tecniche, magari utili ed efficaci, ma inesorabilmente aride, noiose, criptiche. • Corrado Lamberti will surely speack about his work with Paolo
  8. 8. Teaching
  9. 9. The different themes • Planetary science: small bodies, collisions, satellites • Space geodesy and fundamental physics • Planetary science and space debris • Science popularization • Social committment of concerned scientists
  10. 10. Thanks Paolo! • Paolo Farinella will be greatly missed and long remembered for, as noted by Paolo Cotta Ramusino "how much his presence has enriched all of us…” • We miss his rigor, his sharp intelligence, his generosity, his youth!
  11. 11. Pugwash • The Pugwash Conferences take their name from the fishing village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, site of the first meeting in 1957 which was attended by 22 eminent scientists (seven from the United States, three each from the Soviet Union and Japan, two each from the United Kingdom and Canada, and one each from Australia, Austria, China, France, and Poland). The stimulus for this first Pugwash meeting was the "Manifesto" issued in 1955 by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein, and also signed by Max Born, Percy Bridgman, Leopold Infeld, Frederic Joliot-Curie, Herman Muller, Linus Pauling, Cecil Powell, Joseph Rotblat, and Hideki Yukawa, which called upon scientists of all political persuasions to assemble to discuss the threat posed to civilization by the advent of thermonuclear weapons. The 1957 meeting was hosted by the American philanthropist Cyrus Eaton at Thinkers' Lodge in Pugwash, his birthplace, and Mr. Eaton continued to provide crucial support for Pugwash in its early years.