Starts 19 Dec 2018 16:00
Ends 19 Dec 2018 17:00
Central European Time
ICTP
Central Area, 2nd floor, Old SISSA building
Via Beirut 2
Why is it that we can describe the physical properties of macroscopic objects of zillions of degrees of freedom with just a handful of variables? Why isn't it possible to describe, in general, living systems (a cell, an organism, an ecology or an economy) in the same way? 
This blackboard talk claims to answer these questions (specially the second one) from a fundamental perspective based on statistical mechanics and information theory. The format encourages the most critical attitude from participants from all backgrounds.