The Two Cultures: Shared Problems

  • Ernesto Carafoli
  • Gian Antonio Danieli
  • Giuseppe O. Longo
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Time, Infinity, Cosmology

  3. Intelligence and Emotions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Giorgio Vallortigara
      Pages 125-145
    3. Elkhonon Goldberg, Dmitri Bougakov
      Pages 147-164
  4. Beauty and Creativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Marcus du Sautoy
      Pages 185-206
    3. Giuseppe O. Longo
      Pages 207-237
    4. Maurizio Ferraris
      Pages 265-285
    5. Mario Botta
      Pages 287-305
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 321-323

About these proceedings


The aim of this book is to offer a profound and unitary discussion of problems of fundamental problems that, although common to the two cultures, have traditionally been considered from different perspectives.

Scientists, philosophers, humanists, musicians and artists have gathered with the purpose of cooperating to establish more fertile grounds for the communication between the two cultures.

The themes dealt with in the book have troubled mankind for centuries, and innumerable efforts have been devoted to their solution. The topics include the concept of time, the meaning of nothingness, infinity, numbers, intelligence and the human mind, the basic mechanisms in the production of thought, the relationship between artistic and scientific creativity, and beauty as a bridge between the two cultures.


Science and Literature Two Cultures aesthetics cosmology infinity knowledge neuroscience philosophy philosophy of science science simmetry

Editors and affiliations

  • Ernesto Carafoli
    • 1
  • Gian Antonio Danieli
    • 2
  • Giuseppe O. Longo
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Chimica BiologicaUniversità degli Studi di Padova Istituto Veneto di Medicina MolecolarePadovaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di BiologiaUniversità degli Studi di PadovaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica, Elettronica e InformaticaUniversità degli Studi di TriesteItaly

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