The Taming of Energy


2022/07/04 - 2022/07/06
Miramar Palace, Donostia / San Sebastián
Organized by: Juan Ignacio Pérez Iglesias (UPV/EHU) and Ricardo Diez Muiño (DIPC, CFM)
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The Taming of Energy

Energy is often defined as the ability to do work, but its precise meaning depends on the context in which it is used. In the Summer Course "The taming of energy", organized in collaboration between the UPV/EHU Chair of Scientific Culture and DIPC, we analyze the role of energy in very different scenarios and explain how it has defined the evolution of very different systems, either spontaneously or guided by human purpose.

The Course begins with the presentation of the concept of energy in two contexts typical of physics, the universe and the quantum world. It continues with a brief review of energy transitions in human history, as well as a description of current scientific advances on the road to sustainability. On the second day, the energy flows that occur in living systems will be presented. Last but not least, different stages of its industrial use are reviewed.

In short, the course consists of a journey through the different ways in which living organisms and societies have made use of energy, for which they have had to "tame" it.

More information is available on the workshop web page: