THE MEANING OF EDUCATION, A lifetime of Summer Schools, By Tassos Bountis
It has been some time now that I decided to write down some of the memories and impressions I have collected from the Summer Schools (and parallel Conferences) that were organized in Greece on the topics of Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity from 1987 until today. Since I have actively participated, together with many other Greek colleagues, in all these events from the beginning, I thought it would be a good idea to write down their story in one volume that would present in a concise manner our experience within a unifying framework.
Εvidently, the presentation attempted here is purely personal. However, my purpose is not simply to present a historical account of this experience. I believe that these Summer Schools, beyond their scientific value, held for me, as well as for all my colleagues who participated in them, a strong educational component. Our main purpose was to introduce young students and researchers of Greece to a new science that emerged several decades ago and continues to grow internationally at an ever increasing rate around the world.
Α second most important outcome of these Summer Schools was that they allowed us and understand on a deeper level, what I call “The Meaning of Education”. I believe that their success (verified by the fact that they continue to be organized until today) is due to a large extent to the educational approach we have followed in presenting to our youth the new science of Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity.
Any remarks or corrections regarding the text are welcome. I also would like to request those who have photos of the Schools to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (accompanied by some explanatory remarks), so that I may either incorporate them in the text or include them in a separate Appendix.
A Lifetime of Schools Chapters 3 and 4