Book review: “Il Mahabharata”
By Jean-Marie Michaud, Jean-Claude Carrière What makes a graphic novel a masterpiece? Terrific illustrations, and here we have them! An incredible story, and again here it is! The poem appears so complex just from this graphic novel, so I can’t image the original one! For Occidental people this could be a first step in understanding Indian culture, myths, religion. Interesting a couple of drawing references to Escher and J.S. Bach; in that way the authors put some Occidental ingredients in the Oriental poem maybe underlying the universality and beauty of some aspects of human life.
Book review: “Gradini che non finiscono mai: Vita quotidiana di un Premio Nobel”
By Giorgio Parisi, Piergiorgio Paterlini The book is a collection of 100 short stories that show Parisi’s life from different perspectives. But one common element I noticed along the book, and so in his life, is the incredible love for reading everything from science fiction to poetry, from history to novels, from politics to philosophy, from science to whatever else. An unstoppable curiosity is his driver!
Book review: “Rigore di testa”
By marco Malvaldi, Paolo Cintia An enjoyable book where you can see how it is possible to apply data analysis even to soccer games. And it is incredibly hard! And how you will see by reading, a truly effective analysis can happen not only looking to data but also on how they are generated (especially in the case of social interactions) and focusing better on rare events because their impact is much more disruptive than usual ones.
Book review: “La funzione del mondo”
By Alessandro Bilotta, Dario Grillotti The graphic novel has wonderful paintings and the story of Volterra’s life is increbible and worth to be known by every italian, mainly not for his mathematical achievements that are of a superior nature, but especially for being only one of the 12 universitary professors not following the Fascism. He was also the founder of the CNR. Probably something is missing in the overall historical vision that gives for granted the knowledge of several people and facts.