International School "Frontiers in Numerical Gravitational Astrophysics"

 Erice (Italy), june 27-july 5, 2008


Dear colleague,

you and/or your students may be interested in the Course "Frontiers in
Numerical Gravitational Astrophysics" that will be held in Erice (Italy)
since june 27 to july 5, 2008.
(web site:

Please find in the body text the First circular. I would appreciate if
you may circulate it among your colleagues and people you think may be
interested in.

        Thank you in advance,   sincerely yours,

             Roberto Capuzzo-Dolcetta
         Univ. of Roma, La Sapienza, Italy

             co-director of the Course together with

             Richard Matzner
         Univ. of Texas, Austin, USA


         |   2nd Course of the International School on     |
         |   Astrophysical Relativity <<J.A. Wheeler>>     |
         |                                                 |
         |   Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center         |
         |          for Scientific Culture                 |
         |                                                 |
         |           Erice, Sicily (Italy)                 |
         |           June 27 - July 5, 2008                |
         |                                                 |

This is the second Course activated in the frame of the
International School of Relativstic Astrophysics ╚JOHN A. WHEELER╩,
whose 1st Director was John A. Wheeler, now Ignazio Ciufolini and
Richard Matzner.

It is dedicated to classic and relativistic dynamics of gravitating
objects and systems in astrophysics.

The web site of the Course, containing all the relevant information is:

The Course will be hosted by the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center
for Scientific Culture (, in Erice, the
beautiful small middleval town located on a hill 750 m above the
sea level in the north west of Sicily, 15 km from Trapani.

    This Course has the scope to gather some of the best experts in
computational simulations for the study of gravitating systems in
astrophysics, to allow them to present their knowledge and expertise
to deeply motivated students at the graduate level, as well as young

    The main aim of the Course is that of clarifying whether and when
the classic Newtonian approach fails and General Relativity is needed
to approach reliably the complicated non-linear aspects of the physics
involved. Consequently, the differences in the numerical and
computational schemes approaches in the classic and relativistic cases
will be illustrated and discussed. A small fraction of time will be
dedicated to the handling and visualization of the huge amount of data

Sverre Aarseth           (Cambridge, UK)
Joshua Barnes            (Univ. of Hawaii, USA)
Stefano Borgani          (Univ. of Trieste, Italy)
Manuela Campanelli       (Univ. of Texas at Brownsville, USA)
Roberto Capuzzo-Dolcetta (Univ. of Roma, La Sapienza, Italy)
Valeria Ferrari          (Univ. of Roma, La Sapienza, Italy)
Jose' Antonio Font       (Univ. de Valencia, Spain)
Pablo Laguna             (Penn State Univ., USA)
Andrew MacFadyen         (Inst. for Adv. Study, Princeton, USA)
Richard Matzner          (Univ. of Texas, Austin, USA)
Anthony Mezzacappa       (Oak Ridge Ntl. Lab., USA)
Paolo Miocchi            (Univ. of Roma, La Sapienza, Italy)
Ben Moore                (Univ. of Zurich, Switzerland)
Ewald Mueller            (MPI, Garching, Germany)
Jerome Novak             (Obs. de Paris, Meudon, France)
Francesco Palla          (Oss. Astrof. di Arcetri, INAF, Italy)
Simon Portegies Zwart    (Univ. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Luciano Rezzolla         (Albert Einstein Inst., Potsdam, Germany)
Joachim Stadel           (Univ. of Zurich, Switzerland)

   The participation to the School is up to -50 people.
   The registration fee (covering also FULL BOARD AND LODGING) is
1,000 euros (approx. 1,350 US$).
   Due to the limited number of participants allowed it is very important
to fill and submit within september 15 2007 the pre-registration form
available on the Course web page:

         (P. Miocchi, coordinator of the LOC)

         (R. Capuzzo-Dolcetta, co-director of the Course)

         (R. Matzner, co-director of the Course)

Phone: +39-06/49913573
Fax:   +39-06/4463158

Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Roma La Sapienza
A.Moro 5, I-00185, Roma, Italy
phone: 39-06-49913573 fax:   39-06-4463158
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