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2023 Programme

Event #3

Friday 1 September, 09.00 pm

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Paolo Giordano

Wonder between nature and knowledge

Wonder at nature is a feeling that comes before awareness. We experience it from childhood, out of pure instinct; it concerns everyone and requires no learning. Those who devote themselves to natural sciences often do so to investigate that sense of wonder. Studying science can, indeed, reveal previously unknown connections existing in the universe and in ecosystems. However, could knowledge also entail a loss of wonder? Knowing more could also mean losing something of our magical relationship with nature? In recent decades, science, above all, has shown the vulnerability of our planet and exposed its forms of contamination. A reflection between science and literature, to investigate the fragility of our fascination with the natural world, in a present of environmental crises.


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Paolo Giordano was born in Turin in 1982. He graduated in physics and is author of four novels: La solitudine dei numeri primi (Mondadori, 2008; which won the Strega Award and the Campiello Opera Prima Award ), Il corpo umano (Mondadori 2012), Il nero e l’argento (Einaudi, 2014) Divorare il cielo (Einaudi, 2018) and Tasmania (Einaudi, 2022 Lettura Award). He also wrote the essays Nel contagio (Einaudi, 2020) and Le cose che non voglio dimenticare (Einaudi, 2021). He wrote film scripts (Siccità and We Are Who We Are) and theatre pièces (Galois and Fine pena: ora). He collaborates with Il Corriere della Sera.
ph. credits: Pierluca Esposito

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Event #1

Massimiliano Valerii

The trial of Galileo Galilei: wonder and disenchantment

Event #2

Franco Lorenzoni

Educating against the wind

Event #3

Paolo Giordano

Wonder between nature and knowledge

Event #4

Chiara Civello

I am what I am

Event #5

Matteo Nucci

A philosopher's wonder: Plato

Event #6

Erika Fatland, Alberto Riva

The wonder of wanderlust

Event #8

Guido Tonelli

Matter. The wonderful illusion

Event #9

Vittorio Lingiardi

Dreams as neuro-wonder

Event #9 BIS

Vittorio Lingiardi

Dreams as neuro-wonder

Event #10

Francesca Mannocchi

Wonder during war: is it possible?

Event #12

Sabrina Speich

Wonderful, immense sea

Event #13

Massimo Zamboni

Wild bestiary. An illustrated reading

Event #14

Massimo Recalcati

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

Event #15

Martina Mazzotta

Wunderkammer: art, science, wonder. From the Renaissance until the present day

Event #16

Matteo Nucci

A poet’s wonder: Omer

Event #17

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #17 BIS

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #18

Cinzia Spanò, Roberta Di Mario

Reading Lolita in Tehran. Reading concert

Event #19

Alberto Rollo

The Humble Beauty of Ditches and Majesties

Event #22

Carlo Stanga, Giulia Capodieci

Wunderkit: five objects for creativity

Event #23

Veronica Barassi, Gerd Gigerenzer

Generative AI and the Wonder of Human Intelligence

Event #24

Alessandro Zaccuri

Wonderfully. Learning wonder from literature

Event #25

Nazareth Castellanos

Discovering our mind through the wonders of our body

Event #26

Massimo Recalcati

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

Wonderfully informed

Event #33Children / Kids


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Event #36Children / Kids

Cristina Bellemo

Did you know that the world has a sound?

Event #38Children / Kids

Marco Somà

To infinity… and beyond!

Event #39Children / Kids

Willy Guasti

Soft-hearted animals… And more!

Event #40Children / Kids

Sergio Rossi

Water: the world's strangest substance!

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