Frontiers in Numerical Gravitational Astrophysics

2nd Course of the International School on Astrophysical Relativity

«John Archibald Wheeler»

at EMFCSC (Erice, Italy, June 27-July 5, 2008)



Location and structures

The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture (EMFCSC) takes its inspiration from the outstanding Italian physicist, after whom the Centre was named. Born in Sicily in 1906, his breadth of vision and the excellence of his contributions to theoretical nuclear physics moved Enrico Fermi to the following comment: "There are many categories of scientists, people of second and third rank, who do their best, but do not go very far. There are also people of first class, who make great discoveries, fundamental for the development of science. But then there are the geniuses, like Galilei and Newton. Well, Ettore Majorana was one of them".

Embracing 118 Schools, covering all branches of Science, the Centre is situated in the old pre-mediaeval city of Erice (click here for general infos and historical overview) where three restored monasteries provide an appropriate setting for high intellectual endeavour. These monasteries are now named after great Scientists and strong supporters of the "Ettore Majorana" Centre. The San Francesco Monastery is now the Eugene P. Wigner Institute where there is the "Enrico Fermi" Lecture Hall. The San Domenico Monastery is now the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute where there is the "Paul A.M. Dirac" Lecture Hall. The San Rocco Monastery is now the Isidor I. Rabi Institute where there is the "Richard P. Feynman" Lecture Hall, the Directorate and the main Secretariat of the Centre. There are living quarters in all three Institutes for people attending the Courses of the Centre. Participants can also benefit from computer facilities, including a wireless connection to internet for laptops.


Maps

Erice in Europe

Erice in Sicily

Erice in Trapani province

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