What is Life?

TitleWhat is Life?


SpeakerProf. Antti Niemi (Uppsala University, Sweden & CNRS, France)


Time 15:00-16:00 pm, March 12, 2015


Place: Conference Room A304, Department of Mathematical Sciences


AbstractTraditionally, the goal of physics has been largely seen as reducing our description of nature to the simplest possible. However, today physics is increasingly helping us to understand how the complexity of our world is built up. In particular, the question "what is life" can now be largely formulated as the problem to describe the physical properties and interactions of proteins. Moreover, since diverse neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and many forms

of cancer are presumed to have their origin in misfolded proteins, the understanding of life at the level of proteins could have an enormous impact on biology, pharmacy and health sciences and provide huge benefits to the society by paving ways to cure many tormenting diseases. In this talk we describe how the concepts and models of physics can be applied and developed to describe life, to the extent that it relates to the properties of proteins in living cells.


Profile of SpeakerPorf. Niemi got his PhD in Particle Physics in MIT (USA).

He is the Chaired Professor of Theoretical Physics in Uppsala University (Sweden)

and the directeur de recherche CNRS-UMR7350 (France).

He is a "Qian Ren" distinguished professor (part-time) in Beijing Institute of Technology (China) since 2012.

He was a "Chang Jiang" professor in Chern Institute of Mathematics China (2003-2009).


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