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2016 Programme

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

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

Kant had it all figured out. In 1784 he stated: «Give me matter, and I’ll construct a world out of it». As baryonic matter that had just been produced by the Big Bang organized itself into the first generation of stars with the help of dark matter, it produced the nuclear furnaces that created the elements we are made from – stardust. The first stars don’t live long, they are too overweight. But their death fills space with a wealth of noble matter, capable, at the next generation of stars, of unifying into dust, rocks, and finally planets. Today we know there are very many: more than one for each star. They are the “infinite worlds” of Giordano Bruno, surrounding Leopardi’s “little stars”. Life on just one planet? It seems unlikely: we’ve found the building blocks of life in the cosmos and on comets, it won't be long before we realize it's we who are the Martians.


Giovanni F. Bignami
Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

is an astrophysicist and writer. He has been present for some of the most important space physics missions of the past 40 years, and researches and tells the story of the sky as it can be seen from the Earth. As president of the Italian Space Agency and of the National Astrophysics Institute, he has tried (in vain) to focus our uncertain national investments on research, also drawing from his experience as the first Italian to head up the World Committee on Space Research. He is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei and of the Academy of France – country which has also appinted him with the Legion of Honor.  He is learning more and more on science communication: today he is a collaborator for Repubblica and l'Espresso and the author of ten books which have been translated in many languages. For years, h has also had the privilege of working on television beside Piero Angela, and is the creator of programs for Nat Geo Channel and RAI Scuola.

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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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