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Tigri e Teoremi – Scrivere teatro e scienza

Tigri e Teoremi – Scrivere teatro e scienza

Maria Rosa Menzio


From Popper and Toulmin’s science to Morteo and Brecht’s theatre. An overview of two disciplines from an original entwining of the two fields: the emotion one experiences in a theatre show can be equated to the pleasure one seeks in an impecably demonstrated theorem.


This book seeks to teach how to write Theatre and Science and the secret to that writing stands on two directives, functional both in Science as in Theatre: perfection and simplicity.


Be it the ones who play, or the ones who watch a theatre show, they are faced with a beautiful feint, but know full well it is a feint, and thus it is no deceit, but truth. Otherwisely we believe Science to hold absolute certainties. But if we don’t want the truth only, but a truth that is beautiful and interesting, then we must discover in science its infinite poetry.


Galileo’s “Dialogo sui Massimi Sistemi”, Lakatos’ “Dimonstrazioni e confutazioni”, Durrenmatt’s “I Fisici” among many others. These are but a few of the uncanny theatre experiments we will be analysing. We have tried to express into words the ideas and emotions that made the history of scientific discovery. The study of this matter has been deeply marked by its aridity, whereas, crossing it from the theatrical instrument’s perspective, we hope to show its wonder.

Springer-Verlag Italia


Maria Rosa Menzio

Born in Torino, Maria Rosa Menzio graduated with honors in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Torino. Fellow researcher of the C.N.R. she discovered, together with professor W. M. Tulczjew, the Menzio-Tulczjew theorem in the field of simpletic geometry. She specializes in Philosophy of Science, after which she begins to write, poetry at first, having published Ombre (1986) and Sette leghe alle soglie di Atlantide (1992). She begins to write drama with “Soledad” for Torino’s Teatro Juvarra in 1990 and in 1994 with “Fausta” for Teatro Erba of Torino, and a finalist of the Candoni-Arta Terme prize.


She has been connected to the project ”Teatro e Scienza” from 2000, having directed her own plays “Mangiare il mondo” (2000), “Padre Saccheri” (​2002), “Fibonacci” (2003), “Il Mulino” (2006), “Cardano” (2007), “Carteggio celeste” (2007), “Senza fine” (2008), “Boccardi” (2009), “Vita a giudizio” (2010), “Omar” (2011), “Fibonacci (la ricerca)” (2013), “L’Oro Bianco di Dresda” (2014) and “Il signor Leblanc” (2015).


She has been honoured with the prizes “Fondi-La Pastora” (1996-2003), “Science on stage” (2005), “Portovenere teatro donna” (2005), “Creative Culture 2010”, “Perlascena”​ (2013) and”Castelnuovo (AT)”.


She is a professor of “Theatre and Science” at Holden School and in the Masters programme in Science Communication of the University og Cagliari. She has been Artistic Director of the Unione Collina Torinese, then of the Fondazione ECM, later of Santena and presently of the “Teatro e Scienza” association.


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