A Ferry Boat, questa settimana, guardiamo al futuro attraverso gli occhi di tre pezzi da novanta della scienza, della ‘fantascienza’ e della finanza. Tre angolature di visuale del sistema economico e culturale globale ma anche la testimonianza che il motore Italia c’è: inespresso se visto dai media tradizionali, ma c’è.
Economia 2.0 di Loretta Napoleoni
Thomas Harrison is Professor of Italian at UCLA, where he has been since 1994. He received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and his M.Phil. and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from CUNY. Before joining the faculty of UCLA in 1994 he taught in Italian and comparative literature programs at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Utah. His research focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries. His interests cover poetry, the novel, aesthetic theory, philosophy, and film. He has written articles on D’Annunzio, Ungaretti, Montale, Zanzotto, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Stanley Fish, Alfredo Giuliani, Carlo Michelstaedter, and Georg Lukacs. He is also the author of two books: 1910. The Emancipation of Dissonance (Berkeley) and Essayism: Conrad, Musil and Pirandello (Baltimore); and the editor of two volumes: Nietzsche in Italy (Saratoga) and The Favorite Malice: Ontology and Reference in Contemporary Italian Poetry (New York). He is currently workikng on a cross-disciplinary study in aesthetics entitled Offscreen space. He was last at Stanford in 2004 when he gave the keynote address at the French and Italian department’s conference on Architecture and Literature. He recently taught a course at UCLA on Pink Floyd.
Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals.
He has written several hundred popular magazine and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He lectures on astronomy and other subjects at Stanford and other venues in the Bay Area, and for the last six years, has been a Distinquished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Study Group. Every week he hosts the SETI Institute’s science radio show, “Are We Alone?”
Seth has edited and contributed to a half dozen books. His most recent tome is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.