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Pietro Blaserna and the Birth of the Institute of Physics in Rome

A Gentleman Scientist at Via Panisperna

  • Miriam Focaccia

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Miriam Focaccia
    Pages 1-9
  3. Miriam Focaccia
    Pages 11-19
  4. Miriam Focaccia
    Pages 21-27
  5. Miriam Focaccia
    Pages 75-87
  6. Miriam Focaccia
    Pages 89-97
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 99-165

About this book

Introduction

This book draws upon a wealth of archival material to present the life and achievements of Pietro Blaserna, a “gentleman scientist” whose greatest legacy is considered to be the Institute of Physics on the Via Panisperna in Rome, of which he was the creator and first director. Both in this role and as President of the Accademia dei Lincei, Blaserna contributed enormously in establishing a sound institutional base for the further development of physics in Italy. Starting from an accurate historical reconstruction of the scientific, social, and political context, the author presents the different phases of Pietro Blaserna’s life and career. As a multifaceted intellectual and a scientist holding several institutional positions, Blaserna worked ceaselessly to promote an effective policy in science and technology, which was critically important in stimulating the development of Italy as a modern nation. Blaserna may not have left scientific works that made history, but what he created in Rome was a real "house of physics", equipped with modern laboratories and instruments. In tracing his important legacy, this book will be of interest for all historians of science and for historians of nineteenth and twentieth century Italy.

Keywords

Pietro Blaserna biography Institute of Physics, Rome Accademia dei Lincei International Bureau of Weights and Measures Italian Physical Society Boys from Via Panisperna Theory of sound in its relationship with music Ufficio centrale del corista normale Nineteenth century Italy Early twentieth century Italy

Authors and affiliations

  • Miriam Focaccia
    • 1
  1. 1.Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico FermiRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10825-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-10824-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-10825-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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