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“I photographed the black hole, science brings peace” – Il Golfo 24

“Science bears a great responsibility and we have seen it above all in the years of the epidemic: it must know how to disseminate without belittling it. It does not admit that one suddenly becomes an expert in subjects in which one is not, perhaps to earn some excellent glory. And above all, Science is able to unite people and build bridges: in the international cooperation that led us to photograph the black hole in the center of our Milky Way, there were specialists from different nations, ethnic groups, cultures and religions, united by the same purpose: knowledge and culture, according to the Procida 2022 motto, do not be isolated. .and bring peace.”

This is how astrophysicist Mariafelcia de Laurentiis spoke when she opened the “Exercises on the Future. Conversations on Contemporary and the Anthropocene” initiative, sponsored by Knowledge for Business in the context of Procida, the Italian capital of culture 2022.

De Laurentis participated in the EHT Collaboration, which on May 12 revealed, for the first time, an image of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, 27,000 light-years from Earth. “We astrophysicists – he said – are more like archaeologists of the universe, eager to embrace the unknown. The image that documents the black hole at the center of our galaxy is an unusual result – he commented – which helps us understand the complexity of the universe.”

Astrophysics, Event Horizon Telescope Project Scientist, Mariafelicia De Laurentis, Federico II Professor and Researcher at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Naples, De Laurentis, Presented by Procida Mayor, Dino Ambrosino, spoke with Amleto Picerno Ceraso (CEO) Medaarch and President Tec-Up ) and Francesca Cocco (Program Director of Innovation Village) also spoke of equal opportunities for access to the scientific profession: “In universities and research centers, we try to open doors for women, to make women understand to students that there are no gender differences in fields such as astrophysics. Perhaps. Once upon a time men were allowed to study more than women. Now, however, women have the freedom and right to dream of becoming a scientist. Reach extraordinary results like these.”

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“Exercises on the Future” is a project that includes five other meetings with personalities from the scientific and cultural world on the 22nd of each month, with the aim of bringing to life a reflection that crosses the topic of borders from different angles, to outline it. A future in which this word is no longer synonymous with barrier.