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2023 Programme

Event #8

Saturday 2 September, 10.15 am

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Guido Tonelli

Matter. The wonderful illusion

We will journey through the elementary constituents of matter, the ordinary matter that forms rocks and planets, flowers and stars, everything, including us. We will delve into the exotic and mysterious material forms that lurk in the most unexplored corners of the universe. We will discover the characteristics of elementary particles which combine in extravagant forms to form entangled quantum states, primordial soups of quarks and gluons, or massive neutron stars. We will answer questions arising from the most recent research: how can the vacuum be a material state? Why can space-time also vibrate and oscillate? What forms does matter take inside black holes? And we will realise that the idea that matter consists of eternal, unchanging components is nothing more than a wonderful illusion.


Guido Tonelli

Guido Tonelli ,physicist at Cern in Geneva and professor at the University of Pisa, is one of the fathers of the discovery of the Higgs boson. He received the International Fundamental Physics Prize (2013), the Enrico Fermi Award of the Italian Physical Society (2013) and the Medal of Honour of the President of the Italian Republic (2014). He published La nascita imperfetta delle cose. La grande corsa alla particella di Dio e la nuova fisica che cambierà il mondo (Rizzoli, 2016, Galileo Prize), Cercare mondi. Esplorazioni avventurose ai confini dell’universo (Rizzoli, 2017), Genesi. Il grande racconto delle origini (Feltrinelli, 2019), Tempo. Il sogno di uccidere Chronos (Feltrinelli, 2021) and Materia. La magnifica illusione (Feltrinelli, 2023).

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Franco Lorenzoni

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Paolo Giordano

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Chiara Civello

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Matteo Nucci

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Matter. The wonderful illusion

Event #9

Vittorio Lingiardi

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Event #10

Francesca Mannocchi

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Event #12

Sabrina Speich

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Massimo Zamboni

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Massimo Recalcati

The trauma of loss and the working-through of a bereavement

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Martina Mazzotta

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Event #16

Matteo Nucci

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Event #17

Alessandro Barbero

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Event #17 BIS

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #18

Cinzia Spanò, Roberta Di Mario

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Event #19

Alberto Rollo

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Carlo Stanga, Giulia Capodieci

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Event #23

Veronica Barassi, Gerd Gigerenzer

Generative AI and the Wonder of Human Intelligence

Event #24

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Event #26

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Wonderful nostalgia

Event #27

Elena Stancanelli, Bernardo Zannoni

Out of the blue: wandering to find wonder

Event #28

Matteo Nucci

A novelist’s wonder: Gabriel García Márquez

Event #29

Francesco Costa

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Event #38Children / Kids

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Event #39Children / Kids

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Event #40Children / Kids

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Water: the world's strangest substance!

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