Schrödinger at 75
Sep 05 2018 - Sep 06 2018
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Schrödinger at 75 – The Future of Biology marks the 75th anniversary of the influential physicist's 'What is Life?' lectures at Trinity College.
In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger, then Director of Theoretical Physics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, delivered three public lectures entitled 'What is Life?' at Trinity College Dublin. With a focus on the basis for heredity, these went on to be published as a book, paving the way for the next great wave of science: the development of molecular biology.
Already a Nobel Prize winner by the time of the lectures, Schrödinger's influence on what was to come only sealed his status as one of the most brilliant minds in science, and so, to mark the 75th anniversary of 'What is Life?', Trinity College Dublin is bringing together some of today's greatest scientific thinkers for this unprecedented conference in the National Concert Hall.
Taking place over two days, the current burning issues in biology – from the basis of the mind and consciousness to ageing, gene editing, synthetic biology, bioenergetics and the origin of life – will all be explored, capturing the spirit of Schrödinger's probing mind whilst looking firmly to the future.
Speakers will include American naturalist philosopher Daniel Dennett, physicist Danielle Bassett, Nobel Prize-winning biologist Linda Buck, Nobel Prize-winning organic chemist Bernard Feringa and British geneticist Linda Partridge, to name just a few.