Communication of Science

Communication is a fundamental part of the work of a scientist. And it is important to communicate not only with the people of the same sector as yours, in a technical way, but also with the so called general public. Let people understand what you are doing in a simple way, but mainteining the scientific integrity, and stress the aim and the utility of the reseach (not only the applied one!) should be a duty for all scientists: it is in fact of fundamental importance, although it is a very difficult task, to convince people that science, behind the practical aspects, is culture and culture is of capital importance for the humankind in order to grow as humans being and have a better understanding of the world around us.


TriesteNext, 2014
 

Poster for the talk at Lyceum, 2017

I had the honor and the pleasure to give a conference at the Lyceum International Club of Firenze (site here) titled Galileo's brush (in Italian), about the role of Mathematics in scientific investigation, and how math can be used to recolor damaged images.

 

Wonder how math can help in reconstructing a painting? The interview made by Luisa Alessio for OggiScienza (in italian, see here) will let you know something about it!


Mantegna, Martirio e trasporto di San Cristoforo, cappella Ovetari
 

SISSA at TriesteNext, 2014

I have been very lucky to find at SISSA and in particular at SISSA Medialab (site here) people with a lot of passion and professionality in communicating science that have given me the possibility to learn and to make practice with this art. In the a.y. 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 I has been a vounteer for SISSA per la Scuola, the initiative that permits students, ranging from primary to high school, to visit SISSA and to speak with Ph.D. students about science. These kind of experiences are priceless.

 

I also took part at the event SISSA in Festa 2014 where, together with Matteo Casati, we prepared an interactive seminar about caustics. Here you can find the article and the video on the local press. (You can find me at 2:30)
Moreover I was also gave the presentation called Chi se ne frega della matematica? during TriesteNext 2014 (26th - 28th September) and in the occasion of the special day for high school students 2015 (February 11th).


SISSA in Festa, 2014
 

The Galera method for making divisions.
Image from a non published work by a Venetian monk - XVI century

I also had the possibility to collaborate with RCS: author on the behalf of SISSA Medialab of three fact sheets titled Il toerema dei quattro colori (pdf - 466Kb), Cantor e l'infinito (pdf - 426Kb) and Le altre matematiche (pdf - 187Kb) (about the ancient and medieval indian, chinese and arabian maths), that have been published on a teacher guide related to a medium level school textbook edited by RCS.

 

If you want to learn something new about science you can take a look to the site of SISSA per la Scuola here, where you can find a lot of video and activities about science, together with the presentations of some SISSA persons.
And don't forget to take 10 minutes of your time to discover why our world is Il migliore dei mondi possibili (in italian, video here), a video made by Lisa Zillio where I talk about minimization problems, the least action principle and the Mumford-Shah problem in a language understandable by high school students.


Essais de Théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de l'homme et l'origine du mal by Leibniz
title page from a 1734 version