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    • Marco Ciardi    Antonella Gasperini   

      Einstein's Piano

      Lives and Stories in the Balance between Florence, Europe and America

      The unpublished story of the piano given by Einstein to his sister Maja in 1931, against the backdrop of Fascist Italy.

      If objects could talk, imagine how many stories they could tell: the stories of the people they belonged to, but also the stories of the times they lived in. The story of Einstein's piano, which passed into the hands of painter Hans Joachim Staude and is now kept at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, is studded with events that were sometimes wonderful, sometimes tragic, but never trivial. Its adventures played out alongside the lives of many men and women who had to face daily and epochal challenges, the common thread being music. Music bound their lives together in the decade in which racial laws were passed.

      Through sources and images, the book retraces the relationship between Einstein and Italy and especially Florence, investigating the history of Italy during the Fascist period in relation to music, art and culture, but also the Jewish question, the war, and emigration to the United States.

    • Michele Godena    Bruno Codenotti   

      The Never-Ending Challenge

      Chess and artificial Intelligence from Turing to AlphaZero

      A journey behind the scenes of a chess game with a humanoid, proving how deeply computer technology and artificial intelligence have penetrated the world of chess.

      The new book by Godena and Codenotti explains the mechanisms behind an AI player, alternating the narration of significant events – many witnessed first-hand – with technical insights.

      The authors begin with great figures such as Turing and Shannon, who laid the foundations of the digital revolution in the 1940s and at the same time formulated the first ideas on the automation of chess-player thinking (from Fischer to Kasparov), showing how the history of chess programming has always gone hand in hand with the history of information technology.

      Eventually we meet AlphaZero, an AI player developed using the latest advances in machine learning.

    • Luca Bettoni   

      Nova Magic

      The art of exciting with cards

      The book offers a new vision of the magical arts, combining innovative and traditional elements of prestige in a unique and exciting manner.

      Magical effects are no longer only seen as the staging of the impossible; here, they act as a metaphor to communicate messages and emotions to the entire audience during a performance. The book is divided into two parts: a theoretical section, in which the most important points of nova magic are illustrated, and a second part featuring a collection of simple card games where the reader can progressively put the lessons from the previous section into practice.

    • Marta Inkedsoul   

      The Qualification Handbook for Tattoo Artists and Piercers

      A book intended for everyone who loves the art of tattoo and piercing and wishes to learn more about it.
      This handbook explores all the curricular subjects that are taught in tattoo schools and academies, with extra material, facts & figures and exercises at the end of every module. A successful tool for readers wishing to pass the qualifying examination and obtain a professional certificate, this book will also be greatly enjoyed by anyone who loves the art of tattoo and piercing and wants to learn more about this fascinating world.
      The subjects range from biology to law, semi-permanent make-up and piercings and tattoos, while the practice section focuses on mock exams for the qualifying test and practical exercises.