Editorial

The Research section of Formamente opens with two commemorations on Stephen Hawking, considered one of the most important theoretical physicists of the 20th century, the robotic voice of scientific divulgation, who only recently passed away.
Lord Rees, Royal Astronomer and Master of the Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, and Professor Fabrizio Fontana, physicist at Guglielmo Marconi University, pay homage with two contributions, tracing the intricate life of the celebrated scientist.
From his eureka moment – namely his famed intuition regarding the link between gravity and quantum theories – to the elaboration of the Hawking theory, the British scientist advanced sophisticated studies on the origin of the universe, on quantum cosmology, and on black holes, divulgating comprehensibly, concepts that scientific language barriers generally render abstruse.
In the same section, Andrea Gentile’s article recalls the sociological theories of Jürgen Habermas and Wright Mills, where images and mass media systems offer mediated, second hand realties, leading to inactiveness of the mind, of emotions and of creativity. This postmodern human condition, characterizes the modern society and it forces us to reflect on Hawking’s divulgation theories, corroborating the quality of second hand learning that makes up for great part of our knowledge, as opposed to first hand experiences.
The Application section proposes original case studies that focus on present-day issues. The CIHEAM Bari (Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomique Méditerranéennes) article puts forth the inclusive teaching project results that support farms in war crisis zones. Whereas the Apollonian Case in Albania is a research project developed by the students of the International Master in Interior Design at Guglielmo Marconi University. The quali-quantitative case study for territorial regeneration pursues sustainable development and spatial integration of the territory, in respect with the cultural patrimony.
The Application section concludes with a case study on territorial reconstruction, from the viewpoint of the masonry works. The study focuses on L’Aquila and Amatrice, the areas of central Italy devastated by the earthquakes in 2009 and in 2016. The objective was to offer temporary wooden housing modules that kept together residual parts of collapsed civil houses.
Lastly, the Highlight section presents two experimental didactic modules: entertainment seminar cycles, divided in Art Workshops, Talks and Live Works and ESA, Engage, Study, Activate, an innovative language teaching method for adults.

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