Who we are

Milano città delle scienze is the result of the work made by a group of scholars of historical, literary and scientific subjects belonging to many universities, laboratories, museums and archives, both state and private.

The main idea behind this website: science in the city

First thought up in 2006, on the occasion of the history exhibition Science, the City and Life which was organized for the hundredth anniversary of the International Exhibition of Sempione, this site, Milano città delle scienze, is dedicated to the social history of science and technology in search of a new approach through which to broaden, spread word of and study the scientific work in the city.
How does change come about for science and scientists within the context of urban industrialisation, with all the demands for technology that this produces, the need for services, for production, health and education? And then to what extent does the city itself depend on science and the scientific community that lives therein? Between the 1800s and 1900s Milan became a “laboratory city”, which, on a par with London, Brussels and other European industrial centres, was no longer satisfied to simply have a university in the neighbourhood (Pavia University), and sought to try out new institutions and disciplines different to classical university science.
This site has two particular aims. In the first place, to serve as a memory tank, identifying and communicating via the web the various investigations underway and the patrimony of documents related to scientific research, their application and the politics of science in Milan and the surrounding region. Furthermore the site will be a meeting place: for the University, the museums and the city’s scientific institutions, promoting contacts and the development of relationships among them; for historians (both Italian and foreign) of science and technology in the XIX and XX centuries, and aspire to serve as a link between these institutions, the scholars and the other fundamental participants in the cultural, scholastic and publishing worlds.

The research project

Editorial staff

Giuseppe Armocida, professore ordinario di Storia della medicina presso il Dipartimento di Medicina e Sanità pubblica dell’Università Insubria Varese-Como

Alberto Carli, ricercatore presso il Dipartimento di Scienze umanistiche, sociali e della formazione dell’Università del Molise

Aldo Coletto, responsabile del Servizio Infrastruture informatiche della Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense

Giuseppe Corti, Ufficio Conservazione della Biblioteca comunale centrale, Palazzo Sormani, Milano

Paolo Maria Galimberti, dirigente responsabile del Servizio Beni culturali dell’Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, IRCCS

Bianca Girardi, responsabile dell’Ufficio Conservazione della Biblioteca comunale centrale, Palazzo Sormani, Milano

Domenico Lini

Elio Nenci, ricercatore presso il Dipartimento di Filosofia dell’Università degli Studi di Milano

Italo Pasquon

Pietro Redondi

Edoardo Rovida, professore ordinario di Disegni e Metodi dell’Ingegneria industriale presso il Dipartimento di Meccanica del Politecnico di Milano

Ornella Selvafolta

Ivan Toschi

Collaborators

Marco Andréula

Ilaria Barzaghi

Sara Calabrò

Marcello Cesa Bianchi

Valentina Cesari

Cinzia Cristiani

Paola Bianchi

Giorgio Bigatti

Antonio Bozzo

Amleto Camatarri

Elena Canadelli

Maria Canella

Christian Carletti

Giorgio Cosmacini

Giancarlo Costa

Valentina Deiana

Danièle Dupré

Edgardo Ferrari

Marina Gnocchi

Marco Masseti

Annalucia Forti Messina

Antonia Francesca Franchini

Roberta Garruccio

Giovanni Lini

Paola Livi

Giuseppe Maria Longoni

Guido Lucchini

Eleonora Maddalena

Germano Maifreda

Giancarlo Mandelli

Marina Manotta

Amilcare Mantegazza

Rosario Mosello

Roberta Parrilla

Lucia Peracchi

Gianpaolo Pignatori

Elisabetta Polezzo

Giuliana Ricci

Eleonora Saita

Adriano Savio

Giulia Todeschini

Pasquale Tucci

Sergio Tuffetti

Stefano Twardzik

Paolo Zampetti

Paola Zocchi