Essays
  • JACQUES HADAMARD

    La psicologia dell'invenzione in matematica

    pages: 173
    format: 12 x 18 cm
    date of publication: May 1993
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877570423



    €10,33

    This essay, long a classic and only now translated into Italian, constitutes an essential reference for the problem of scientific creativity. The result of the reflections of one of the greatest mathematical minds of the twentieth century, it is nourished by a constant direct and indirect dialogue with some of the greatest thinkers, scientists and artists: Poincaré, Einstein, Bergson, Valéry, James, Elmholtz, Bernard, Polya, Galton, de Broglie and others. Jacques Hadamard (1865 - 1963), the initiator of modern functional analysis, made fundamental contributions to numerous fields of mathematics.
  • Yervant Gianikian - Angela Ricci Lucchi

    edited by Sergio Toffetti
    pages: 130
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: May 1992
    images: 25
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 98877570644



    €12,91

    This monograph devoted to the artist-director duo Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi traces a large part of their work from the early 1970s to the 1990s. Thanks to a conversation curated by Sergio Toffetti and Daniela Giuffrida, it reconstructs the thread of a journey that begins with Angela Ricci Lucchi’s training in Salzburg with Oskar Kokoschka and the early film experiences of Gianikian; films that use found objects to focus on the themes of memory. The meeting of the directors’ artistic practices and their respective lives has fostered attention on the theme of the “catalogue”: the true pole around which Gianikian|Ricci Lucchi’s poetics revolves and unfolds. In addition to the aforementioned interview, the book includes texts by Alberto Farassino, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Scott MacDonald, and Michel Hommel, and is completed by texts by the filmmakers featured in the book.
  • MICHEL SERRES

    Roma, il libro delle fondazioni

    edited and translated by Roberto Berardi
    pages: 288
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: November 1991
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 98877570334



    €20,66

    What are the origins of the construction of power, of the use of violence as a conscious instrument, of bloodshed as the foundation of the collective, which form the basis of the thought and practices of our civilisation? When Rome decided to build the Capitol, a human head with an intact face was discovered beneath the foundations. It was as though the soldier depicted in the foreground of the work by A. Caron (1521-1599) opening the book, standing in triumph on a round podium, had just found it. The exhibition shows how one shows a trophy. One might say that these battles, these assassinations take place on the plinth, on the very supports of the monuments. These fundamental battles are the subject of this book, called the Libro delle fondazioni (Book of Foundations). Foundations of stone walls on flesh, foundations of the city, of its history, its culture, its spectacles, its politics: but also of our own. An essay in the philosophy of knowledge, this book is a search for reality distorted by ideological formations, and traces the possible outlines of a knowledge and a thought constructed outside the fury of verbal struggles and the delimitations of power. These are the terms of a culture, nature, civilisation, which here, in negative and in positive, find a new determination.
  • LUCIO CASTELLANO

    Il potere degli altri

    pages: 243
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: November 1991
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877570342



    €18,08

    “Considering equality as a value to be realised obscures the sense of the equality we currently experience: when men are equal, decisions of collective interest are taken by majority vote according to the principle ‘one man one vote’, but nothing suggests we may attribute the virtue of justice or knowledge to this majority”. Castellano's essay offers an in-depth investigation into the political power of truth and the theory of pluralism.
  • MICHEL SERRES

    Carpaccio Studi

    translation by Anne-Marie Sauzeau Boetti
    pages: 132
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: May 1990
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 9887757014X



    €20,66

    A journey – via Venice, Lugano, Berlin, Aix en Provence, New York and Venice again – into Carpaccio’s fragmented body of work. A journey through stories, myths, methods and ideas; an adventurous and fervent journey. A journey into Carpaccio’s work that is part of a cycle on painting (M. Serres has written about other painters: Poussin, Vermeer, Latour, Turner, Bonnard, and on sculpture), which in turn is part of a cycle on art, in an even larger cycle on the form of mental production. These are the patient stages of a long journey undertaken more than twenty years ago. All of Serres’s philosophy is presented in the form of a journey, a journey full of the passions and tribulations of Hermes/Mercury, god of crossroads. Hermes passes everywhere in space and time, between the formal and physical sciences, from their birth in antiquity to their current state; he crosses the critical pass that separates and unites the “hard” sciences and the humanities; sciences, stories and myths; sciences, art and the history of religions. Each stage corresponds to a book or part of a book, in the cycle entitled Hermes e altrove (Hermes and elsewhere). As the movement proceeds, the picture becomes more coherent. A global image emerges as an open promise. Is it perhaps that of a modern-day philosophy?
  • GIUSEPPE CHIARI

    Dubbio sull'armonia

    pages: 60
    format: 21 x 30 cm
    date of publication: February 1990
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 9788877570261



    €6,20

    Written by an avant-garde musician, this book confirms the typical critical attitude of the musical avant-garde towards classical theories. But it must be immediately said that the book does not deal with Theory of Harmony but only with Harmony. It is about the concept that in the field of music theory and didactics is used as an implicit foundation for so many behaviours and precepts. In these pages we do not analyse the musical mechanisms but the conceptual mechanisms. It examines whether the preceptual discourse in music is meaningful or not, and what contradictions and consequences it entails. The essay, written in the form of thoughts, phrases, aphorisms, often crosses over into existential fields and is undoubtedly the testimony of a situation into which we are ourselves drawn.