The Birth of String Theory 

Florence, May 18 - 19, 2007  

The Interdisciplinary Seminar on Philosophy and Physics is pleased to announce the two-day meeting on  

"The Birth of String Theory"  

taking place in Florence, Italy, on May 18-19, 2007. This event will be in connection with the program: "String and M theory approaches to particle physics and cosmology" to be held at the Galileo Galilei Institute of Theoretical Physics, Arcetri, Florence, from March 19, to June 22, 2007.  

In the two-day meeting, we shall go back to the birth of String Theory and recollect and discuss the ideas used at that time that led to the discovery and construction of the theory. We shall cover the period from the pre-history to the early developments, corresponding to the years 1967-1981 approximately.  

The event is aimed at telling and reviving a remarkable series of inventions in theoretical physics that gradually revealed the powerful features of the theory. Contributions will be at the level of physics colloquia, and address a broad public of colleagues and students in physics and history of physics.  

Organizing Committee: 

Andrea Cappelli (INFN and Dept. of Physics, Florence)
Elena Castellani (Dept. of Philosophy, Florence)
Filippo Colomo (INFN and Dept. of Physics, Florence)
Paolo Di Vecchia (Nordita, Copenhagen)

Advisory Committee: 

Roberto Casalbuoni (GGI Scientific Committee)
Gabriele Veneziano (GGI Advisory Committee)
Alberto Lerda (GGI Program Organizing Committee)

With the support of: INFN, Sezione di Firenze, Universita` di Firenze, Galileo Galilei Institute for theoretical Physics.  

Registration: Due to space limitations, the number of participants is limited to 100. Participants are kindly requested to register by sending an email to Mrs Antonella Pagliai before May 14 2007. A confirmation of the registration will be sent back.
Due to very limited budget, financial support cannot be provided for participants.

Accommodation: Participants are responsible for their accommodation. The following link might be useful:

For further informations contact Filippo Colomo.