Communication of Science

Communication is a fundamental part of the work of scientists and mathematicians. And I think it is important to communicate not only with the people in 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/mathematicians: it is in fact of fundamental importance, although it is a very difficult task, to convince people that science and mathematics, 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 and inside us.

It's always a pleasure for me to participate in events or projects aimed at broadcasting science and mathematics, so please feel free to contact me.

TriesteNext, 2014

Poster for the talk at Lyceum, 2017

Being invited to talk at the Lyceum International Club of Firenze (site here) was an honor and a pleasure. The conference (part of the general program of 2017 present here), titled Il pennello di Galileo (Galileo's brush), was 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, Padova

SISSA at TriesteNext, 2014

I was 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.


Every year SISSA organizes SISSA in Festa, an event aimed at presenting to people the world of science. In 2014, 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!)
Chi se ne frega della matematica? (Who cares about math?) is probably one of the most asked questions in (and out) class rooms. So no better title could have been chosen for a presentation, given at TriesteNext in 2014 (26th - 28th September) and in the occasion of the SISSA Special Day for High School Students 2015 (February 11th), to discuss the role of mathematics in real life applications.

SISSA in Festa, 2014

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

A collaboration with RCS, on the behalf of SISSA Medialab, gave rise to 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 minimization problems, the least action principle and the Mumford-Shah problem are presented 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