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Milano   15/3/2004 - 21/3/2004

Spazio Oberdan - viale Vittorio Veneto 2 - Milano

Enrico Fermi and the universe of physics

  1. Author: Alessandro Pascolini
  2. Director: Carlo Concina
  3. Production: PPV Sistemi d’Immagine
  4. Italy
  5. 38 min.
  6. 2001

Drawing on the 2001 exhibition “Enrico Fermi and the universe of physics”, held in Rome for the centennial of the birth of the celebrated Italian physicist, this documentary weaves together two elements into an enjoyable and fascinating tale: a brief biography of Fermi including film clips and photographs from his time, and an exhaustive explanation of his fundamental discoveries and why they constitute such an original contribution to 20th century physics. By the age of 17 this child prodigy had already brilliantly passed the entrance exam to the Scuola Normale di Pisa and by 20 was pre-eminent among the very few experts in the emerging field of quantum theory in Italy. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1938, and his work in statistics, quantum electrodynamics, nuclear physics, chaos theory and weak interactions ranks him in the eyes of many as the greatest Italian scientist since Galileo.

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