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Raffaello Cortina Editore

To Be or Not To Be Human

Rethinking Human Beings between Science and other Knowledge

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Is a science of the human being at all possible? And if it is, what is it for?

The Myths in the Stars

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Behind every constellation lies a tale in a sky alive with the images of gods and heroes.

The Final Spectacle

Soviet Funerals that Have Gone Down in History

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Lenin, Stalin, Gagarin, Majakovskij... Memorable funeral spectacles of the USSR.

In Small Doses

Against Withdrawal from Mathematics

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

A thousand-year journey through the works of arts of mathematical thought

Just a Bout of the Flu?

The Story of an Understated Illness

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

The next pandemic? Probably a flu.


A Call to Arms to Fight the Threat

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

If germs manage to get the upper hand over medicines, there is a very real risk that all the progress made in medicine will be annihilated.

The Challenges of Mars

Tales of the Exploration of a Difficult Planet

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Ever since the beginning of the space age, Mars has been the main target of our explorations of the solar system. It has also been the scene of many spectacular and dramatic failures.This book takes the reader on a journey through the history of the missions to Mars, and explains why, although it is the planet that is the most similar and closest to ours, the challenges that its unique characteristics constitute for our spaceships are so tough that they have defeated half of the tens of missions that have tackled the Red Planet.The author, who has participated actively in all the European missions to Mars and has also been involved in many of the NASA missions to the Red Planet, writes of these explorations and of the planet from his personal experience. The conclusion of the book looks to the future, to the missions to Mars that are programmed for the coming years and the dream of sending the first human beings to the Red Planet, maybe even by the end of the first half of this century.

Around the World in the Anthropocene

A Map of Humanity in the Future

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

A voyage in the future to understand past mistakes and avoid repeating them

Pills of Mathematics

Numbers in the Humanities and Science

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

The illness that has been diagnosed is scientific innumeracy, the cure prescribed: 120 “pills of mathematics”

On Friendship

Investigating a Sentiment that Concerns All of Us

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Friendship is a basic sentiment that concerns everyone.  It links us with others but doesn’t exclude solitude, of which indeed it is the central part. It is both a miraculous source of joy and a fragile balance that has to be protected, cared for, nurtured. It is an ancestral sentiment composed of infinite nuances, susceptible to change depending on elements such as the time of life, gender, characters, as well as external, familial, social and historic conditions.Last but not least, friendship is of significant interest in psychiatry, particularly in this post-pandemic phase, and plays an important role in therapy.The words of great thinkers, poets, and authors from Friedrich Nietzsche to Emily Dickinson accompany Eugenio Borgna in this all-embracing reflection on the sentiment of friendship, to better capture its meaning and value.

The Forgotten

Where life itself is the emergency

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 282

While politicians and the media in the West were concentrating almost exclusively on Covid-19, elsewhere people continued to suffer for other dramatical reasons. Wars, torture, repressive regimes are just a few of the evils that beset the peripheral areas of the world of the well-off. In these areas, the health emergency of the last few years has certainly not been a priority.  Prior to the Syrian civil war, Mohammed Bakr was a judge in Homs, now he sells old shoes in the province of Idlib. Rohallah is a Pashtun Taliban who roams the Panshir valley with his Kalashnikov “to cut the throats of those ungrateful Tajiks”; in the meantime, Afghanistan has been plunged back into the past: anyone who has the means to leave, flees the country, no-one wears western clothes anymore, the women are segregated, buried in their burqas once again. These are just a few of the people that Pietro Del Re, journalist and correspondent of the Italian national daily la Repubblica for more than twenty years, met during the pandemic. He travelled to those corners of the Earth that bear the brunt of human tragedies, to give a voice and space to those who have been forgotten, the world’s losers that no-one, or almost no-one, cares about.    

The Sicily of Gods

A mythological guide

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Stromboli, Taormina, Selinunte, Siracusa: travelling in Sicily with nymphs and cyclops

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