Misunderstandings and distortions in the history of science - lecture by Giorgio Margaritondo

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Date: 3 April 2023 / 13:30 - 16:30

Liceo cantonale di Lugano 2, Aula magna

Misunderstandings and distortions in the history of science: impact on education - Einstein, Meucci, Fermi

On 3 April, Giorgio Margaritondo, Professor Emeritus at EPFL Lausanne and former Assistant Pro-Rector at Università della Svizzera italiana, will give a refresher course for secondary school teachers on Monday 3 April. The lecture is also open to the USI academic community as external auditors.

The popular view of historical facts and figures is often distorted, occasionally incorrect and sometimes affected by 'fake news'. This is particularly true for key events in the development of science and technology. This problem concerns explicitly academic presentations, with baffling effects. The phenomenon will be analysed using a few cases that are well known to the general public and concern the figures of three important scientists: Albert Einstein, Antonio Meucci and Enrico Fermi.

Parking spaces at the Liceo Cantonale di Lugano 2 are limited; we recommend using public transport or car sharing.

For organisational reasons, interested parties must register by writing to [email protected] by 24 March.