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2016 Programme

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

What is the world like and what tools can we use to measure it? And once we’ve measured it, palm by palm, meter by meter, how can we depict it, share it with others or reproduce it at different scales or, for instance, hold it in our hand, or tell its story? A voyage from the flat earth of Flatland – with its incredible and fantastic geometric and human events, like the curious Square and snotty Sphere, and young Hexagon who asks impertinent questions –  to the flattened lands of maps on which we’ve studied geography. Every one of us. Throughout most of the world. From the aristotelian unity of time, action and space to units of measurement, we attempt to understand how math describes the world and how far it’s brought us – with or without maps.


Claudio Bartocci
Claudio Bartocci

teaches Physics, Geometry and History of Mathematics at the University of Genova. His most recent books include: Dimostrare l’impossibile. La scienza inventa il mondo (Cortina, 2014); Numeri (con L. Civalleri, Codice, 2014); Una piramide di problemi. Storie di geometria da Gauss a Hilbert (Cortina, 2012; English translation by Birkhäuser, in preparation).  He edited the anthology Racconti matematici (Einaudi, 2006) and co-directed La matematica (Einaudi, 4 voll., 2007-2011) with P. Odifreddi.

Chiara Valerio
Chiara Valerio

has a doctorate in Maths from Federico II University of Naples. She lives in Rome. She has written novels and short stories, including La gioia piccola d’esser quasi salvi (nottetempo, 2009) and Almanacco del giorno prima (Einaudi, 2014). She is an editor at Nuovi Argomenti and writes for La Domenica del Sole 24 Ore and Amica. She curates Ad alta voce on Radio 3 and collaborates on the television program Pane quotidiano. Her novel Storia umana della matematica (Einaudi) will be released  at the end of August.

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Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

That place called “home”

Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #5 BIS

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Let’s make space for stupidity

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

Event #31Approfonditamente

Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

The boundaries of the soul and of the world

Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

The voice of the road. Words, sounds and images gathered along via Appia

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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