Marco Malvaldi presents

lunedì 19 giugno 2023 - ore 20.45 - INGRESSO GRATUITO

Biography: Marco Malvaldi, (Pisa, 1974), a chemist and writer, made his debut in 2007 for Sellerio with La briscola in cinque, the first of eight volumes dedicated to the “old men of BarLume,” which became a television series in 2013 and was followed by a long series of novels and popular science essays. For Giunti he published La misura dell’uomo (2018) and – four hands with Paolo Cintia – Rigore di testa (2021).

Descriptive text of the book:
Europe is at war, resources are scarce, and a pandemic is underway-no, we are not talking about current events but the year 1631. In Florence, the plague rages, the Grand Duke gives provisions to limit contagions but there are those who know how to take advantage of emergency situations: among others, a “natural philosopher” who, with the excuse of the disease, has obtained to print his latest book in the city instead of in Rome, evading the fierce controls of the Inquisition.

He is Galileo Galilei, the man whose “eyeglass cannon” discovered the phases of Venus and the satellites of Jupiter, who experimented with the pendulum and falling bodies, and who is now about to publish the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems-a work written in the vernacular so that everyone can understand that not man with his dogmas but the Sun stands at the center of the universe. Galileo’s eyesight, however, is increasingly tarnished, and his minutes must be transcribed for the printer by his daughter Virginia, who has taken the veil at the convent of San Matteo in Arcetri.

And just as careful observation of the moon reveals that it is covered with spots, so too does a place of prayer, to frequent it assiduously, reveal unexpected aspects: there are those who say, for example, that some sisters “receive”; that in a cell the lamp remains lit too long; that one night the sound of a falling body was heard… Galileo will have to bring light into a mystery darker than a starless night, but nothing can stop him because he knows that everything illuminated has a dark part-it is up to us to figure out which side to look at it from. And when we come to see it in its entirety, we come closer to our heavenly nature.