Tricks, riddles and pastimes of the late 15th century
Did anyone break the eggs in your basket and you couldn’t remember how many eggs were there? Do numbers help to read anybody’s thoughts? Is it possible to save both goat and cabbages? The answers to these and other curious questions are in an unpublished collection of games by Fra’ Luca Pacioli, the greatest Italian mathematician of the 15th century.
Does a relationship exist between the study of colours and the rotation of a top? Could the vortex into a fluid be useful to understand Saturn’s rings? A new and original interpretation of Maxwell’s work, in order to understand the crucial role of metaphor in the developments of science and technology in the 20th century.
After Il computer di Platone, continues the story of the syntactic paradigm, the human ability that allows us to “think without understanding”, manipulating signs and where the computer is the epiphany. The focus is now on the Middle Ages and the Scientific Revolution when modern science emerges and our civilization takes its essential characteristics.
An old teacher answers to the questions about nature of two lively kids. Ecosystem, food chains, biodiversity, landscapes: surprising similarities with human systems will help Silvia and Giorgio to understand ecology.
A chatterbox and a bit absent-minded aunt answers the questions of her nephew, a child with an endless curiosity, and accompanies him along a path that begins and ends with the same question: what does it mean to be alive?
From the origin of the Universe to the high technology, from vacuum to life
A trip in the matter, examined through the most modern scientific theories and new technologies. From elementary particles to man, from materials all around us to the supertechnological ones, from the dark matter that forms the galaxies to the amazing properties of the vacuum.
What are the particles? How they can be revealed? How they have been developed? How is organized the experimental research of particles? To these and other questions the book try to answer in a simple but extremely accurate language.