Moon reflections: an age-old account of literary imagination and science
Institutional Communication Service
20 July 2019
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Professor Stefano Prandi, director of the Institute of Italian Studies at USI, “brings” us to the Moon with a fascinating journey through literature and science – featuring, among others, Neil Armstrong's small step/giant leap, the poetic ode to the moon by Giacomo Leopardi, the intellectual legacy of Italo Calvino, the Supreme Poet Dante, the first astronaut, and Galileo Galilei's telescope.
The journey follows in the footsteps of the glorious literature (and not only) devoted to the celestial body that is also, and perhaps above all, a place of the imaginary, where the human being is reflected in his own limits and in his own dreams. The full text is available in Italian.