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    • Marco Ciardi   

      A brief History of Pseudoscience

      Fake news, pseudoscience and conspiracy in a historical overview that underpins the boundaries between science and the rampant chatter in the public and political debate.

      Newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts and TV shows have always dedicated plenty of space to topics such as paranormal phenomena, astrological forecasts and contacts with extraterrestrials, without any scientific filters. But how does a pseudoscientific theory gain traction? What are its arguments and how are they structured?

      The book is the first of its kind and features a chronological path from Galileo Galilei to the present day, reconstructing the recurrent mechanisms of pseudoscience through the biographies of the characters who contributed to the development of certain ideas, from the myth of Atlantis to homeopathy and to racism.

    • Giovanni Caprara   

      Above the Sky

      Extraordinary Encounters with the Explorers of the Moon and the Space

      Fifty years after man first set foot on the moon, we can now revisit the greatest space conquests through their protagonists’ own words.
      The book features interviews to the astronauts and scientists who spearheaded humankind’s exploration of space, ordered by nationality and stage of the space exploration.
      Readers will discover what went on behind each space mission and what people – experts and lay people alike – expected. The interview with Neil Armstrong is a chance to reflect on the state of the space race fifty years later.
      The book is a compelling read that stretches as far as today.

    • Giorgio Chinnici   

      Absolute and Relative

      Relativity from Galilei to Einstein and beyond

      This is an overview of classical physics from Galileo to Newton, Maxwell and Einstein. The book also investigates the particular symmetry represented by specular reflection and answers common questions concerning the absolute and relative nature of physical laws.

    • Silvio Hénin   

      Artificial Intelligence

      Artificial Intelligence between Nightmare and Dream

      The book answers the increasingly frequent questions about
      Artificial Intelligence, providing readers with the tools to interpret
      and understand the results that science and technology provide
      to citizens, governments and industrialists.
      Smart devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, smart cars and voice assistants are everywhere and affecting everyone’s life. But are all these devices really smart? If they’re not smart now, will they become smart? After all, what is Artificial Intelligence? What can we expect in the near and not-so-near future? Will artificial intelligence turn out to be good or bad?

    • Gabriele Ghisellini   

      Astrophysics for Curious People

      Brief History of the Universe

      Here is a popular and enthralling journey to discover the fascinating mysteries of astronomy.
      How was the universe born? How big is it? How much time has passed since the Big Bang? What’s the fate of our Solar System? Take part in this journey from the infinitely small to the infinitely big to answer these and many other questions: from the birth of a star to its death; from the latest discoveries on gravity to the great mysteries of black holes; from dark matter to antimatter.

    • Francesco Nazzi   

      Bees: from Simple to Complex

      Journey from the Hive to the Ecosystem

      Discover the secrets behind the altruism of worker bees and how they build such perfectly shaped cells; learn about their many enemies and what can be done to protect the species.

      Bees have been in the public eye for quite a few years now, not only because of their vital contribution to natural ecosystems and agricultural production but first and foremost because of the serious problems afflicting them and decimating their populations.

      The book provides insights into what is happening as it takes us on a journey through the different levels of bees’ biological organisation: individual bees, colonies and their ecosystem.

    • Walter Grassi   

      Butterflies & Hurricanes

      Complexity: the Theory that rules the World

      All the great subjects of Physics are explained through some aspects of a day-to-day life: knowing how a heating system or the weather trend work. Complexity has a role in different branches, from Biology, to Medicine, to Physics, Economics, Social Sciences and Geology and this book helps finding an answer to some of these questions.

    • Giorgio Chinnici   

      Democritus’ Dream

      The Atom from Antiquity to Quantum Mechanics

      The development of science throughout the history of mankind, on a quest to discover what the world is made of.

      The book moves from the reflections of the ancients to the great intellectual adventure in search of the atom, all the way to the modern description of how matter is made, how it interacts and the laws that govern it.

      We go from Democritus’ atomism to that of the 19th century with the discovery of the electron and the atomic nucleus, all the way to the revolution brought in by quantum mechanics that would eventually lead to quantum field theory and the discovery of antimatter. It is a journey interwoven with scientific and philosophical themes through the juxtaposition between vacuum and matter, continuous and discrete, part and whole, wave and particle, chance and necessity.

    • Alfonso Lucifredi   

      Discovering Life

      The Great Revolutions of Natural Sciences

      Dai viaggi dei grandi avventurieri dell’Ottocento, come Alexander von Humboldt, fino alle scoperte paleontologiche di Mary Anning e alle guerre dei dinosauri tra scienziati a caccia del fossile più bello. Dall’incredibile rivoluzione dell’evoluzionismo fino agli studi sul comportamento animale, per arrivare alla scoperta del calamaro gigante, uno dei mille misteri che ancora si celano negli oceani. Il libro raccoglie alcune tra le più grandi scoperte delle scienze naturali degli ultimi secoli, narrate dal punto di vista dei grandi scienziati che le compirono: uno sguardo inedito sulla storia delle rivoluzioni scientifiche che ci hanno permesso di conoscere e amare la natura del pianeta Terra. A partire dall’orchidea del Madagascar e dalla ricerca del suo unico impollinatore da parte di Wallace, Darwin e altri grandi scienziati, la storia delle scienze naturali viene ripercorsa come un costante susseguirsi di scoperte e di nuove meraviglie vissute in prima persona dai loro grandi protagonisti.