Providing the basics of Physics of Chaos and Fractal Geometry and their applications in the biomedical field. Addressing the issue of the birth of life on Earth and to know the results on our hand concerning the research of its existence beyond Earth .
Physics of Chaos (historical notes and applications). Fractal geometry. Applications in the biomedical field. The search for life in the Solar System: Mars and beyond. The search for life in the Galaxy. Probability of the existence of life beyond Earth.
Deterministic or non-deterministic universe? The birth of the Physics of Chaos: a historical approach. E. Lorenz. The time Lyapunov. Order in chaos: M. J. Feigenbaum. I. The reaction of B-Z. I. Prigogine, the science of complexity. Non-linear indices. Applications in the biomedical field.
Fractal geometry. Orbits of functions. Construction of the 'Mandelbrot set. Chaos games. Applications in the medical field.
Life as a physical-chemical system far from 'balance. Emergence and self-organization. Origins of life. The model of F.J. Dyson. The logic of 'evolution diagrams, Hamming, the quasi-species of Eigen. Evolution and consciousness, neural Darwinism.
Rationale and criteria for the search for life beyond Earth. The search for life in the Solar System; Mars. The search for life in the Galaxy; Darwin mission. The Drake equation. Calculation of the probability of the 'existence of intelligent life in the' Universe.
I.Prigogine & I.Stengers. La nuova alleanza. Einaudi
M.Cini. Un paradiso perduto. Feltrinelli
F.J. Dyson. Origini della Vita.
G.Bianciardi. Marte. Un viaggio nel tempo e nello spazio. Il Castello.
A.D. Aczel. Probabilità uno.
Lectures with visual aids consisting of Power Point presentations.
Final written examination
The teacher is available to the students for review of what is taught. During the lessons the teacher will give his telephone number and mail addresses