the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

Mathematics is the game of life

One of Mister Aster’s aphorisms says: ‘Life is a great game that we happen to be playing without knowing its rules well and without being sure of the prize we can get in the end.’ If it is true that we can’t be sure of the prize, concerning the rules we can safely say that they are of a mathematical nature. For mathematics enters into play in all aspects of our life, from the simplest to the most complex, even if many times we don’t realize that. An entertaining and playful event devoted to a topic that is often considered boring, but instead is a great creative and spectacular game (think of the many meanings of the word ‘number’), designed to help the audience discover curious and unsuspected sides of the great game of life. 


Ennio Peres

holds a Mathematics degree and has taught Mathematics and Information science. Since the late Seventies he has practiced ‘gameology,’ a profession he himself invented with the intention of spreading by all possible means the creative pleasure of playing with the mind. Author of many books on games, designer of table games and radio and tv games, Peres often contributes to a number of newspaper and periodicals. He has obtained many Italian and international mathematical and puzzle-solving prizes: Personalità ludica dell’anno (2005); Premio Internazionale Pitagora sulla Matematica (2006); Trofeo Associazione Rebussistica Italiana (2008). As a puzzle designer and solver, his specialty are anagrams and various puzzles including crossword. Every year he presents the year’s most difficult crossword puzzle on the Web. His recent books include: Un mondo di coincidenze (Ponte alle Grazie, 2010); L’elmo della mente. Manuale di magia matematica, with S. Serafini (2006), Matematicaterapia (Salani, 2011).

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Evento n.4

Edoardo Boncinelli

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Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

Reflections on the notions of community and network, on social networks and Facebook

Evento n.7

Alessandro Barbero

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Evento n.8

Francesco Piccolo

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Evento n.10

Maurizio Bettini

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Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

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Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

Different, eccentric, extraordinary: aesthetics and creativity between Asia and the West

Evento n.16

Marco Belpoliti

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Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Evento n.18

Vittorio Gregotti

City, metropolis and urban design

Evento n.19

Enzo Bianchi

Paths of humanization

Evento n.20

Patrizia Cavalli

Poetry knows everything first

Evento n.21

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life is communication

Evento n.23

Silvio Orlando

Diderot, Rameau and other paradoxes

Evento n.24

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The merchant

Evento n.26

Franco Borgogno

In other people’s hearts and minds. A psychoanalyst between tradition and creativity

Evento n.27

Giuseppe Bertolucci, Emanuele Trevi

In words and pictures: cinema and literature

Evento n.28

Michela Marzano

Mind and body: anorexia, or the enigma of desire

Evento n.29

Alfonso Berardinelli

Intellectual types, styles and powers

Evento n.30

Luca Scarlini

The power of images, the images of power

Evento n.31

Felice Cimatti

Mind, communication and language in animals, including Homo sapiens

Evento n.32

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Regretting the families of yesteryear?

Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

The Muse of impossibility

Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

Mathematics is the game of life

Evento N.35

Luce Irigaray

Saving human energy. Breathing: a source of universal sharing

Evento n.36

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life yesterday, today and tomorrow

Evento n.37

Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni

A quiet sunny day. Attilio Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, a friendship in verse

Evento n.39

Alessandro Barbero

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