Selected Fields 2017

Past – Archaeology and Natural Sciences

Past2017 Archeology

The collaboration of archaeology and the exact and life sciences has advanced the understanding of past civilizations, including paleo-climate, ancient migrations and social organizations. This is achieved through the integration of data from fields such as radiocarbon dating and other physics-related chronology "clocks", geo-archaeology, archaeo-botany and archaeo-zoology, metallurgy and recently ancient animal and human DNA.

Almost all types of archaeological artefacts and finds, both organic and inorganic, are researched by a wide range of relevant scientific experts from the disciplines of life-sciences, chemistry, physics, computer science, geographical information, mathematical modelling and statistics.

The 2017 Dan David Prize in the Past Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose ongoing, groundbreaking research is making a significant contribution to the field of archaeology and natural sciences.

Present – Literature

Presents2017 Literature

Literature is said to be both a mirror and a lamp: in one sense it affords society at large and communities who share a culture and language to regard themselves as if reflected in fictional images and situations. It offers a critique of the past and present by representing them as real, and thus creates an experience of combined distance and proximity: we easily share the plights of imagined heroes and anti-heroes, and we passionately feel the emotions expressed in poetic language.

On the other hand, and complementarily, literature reveals some of our most suppressed dreams and fantasies, it awakens dormant phantoms of unchartered territories of our soul and mind, and employs our imagination and creative powers to explore the challenging unknown. Thus, literature invites us to a journey into ourselves and out of ourselves at one and the same time. 

The 2017 Dan David Prize in the Present Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding author whose ongoing works inspire and enlighten, having a major impact on society.

Future – Astronomy

Future2017 Astronomy

Astronomy in the twenty-first century is showing tremendous growth, development and promise for understanding problems such as the origins of the universe, the structure and dynamics of galaxies, the birth, life, and death of stars and stellar systems, and the demography and formation of planetary systems.  Whether seeking to solve the enigmas of dark matter and dark energy, studying the physics of black holes, neutron stars and stellar explosions, or using electromagnetic radiation, neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravitational waves to perceive, map, and comprehend the world around us, astronomers have developed ingenious observational, computational, and analytic techniques in their quest to unlock the secrets of the cosmos.

The 2017 Dan David Prize in the Future Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose ongoing research is making a groundbreaking contribution to the field of observational or theoretical astronomy.