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Alle radici della moderna ingegneria

Competenze e opportunità nella Firenze dell'Ottocento
  • Edited by:
  • Franco Angotti,
  • Giuseppe Pelosi,
  • Simonetta Soldani,

The subject around which the contributions in this volume gravitate is the creation of a higher institute of engineering studies in Florence in the late nineteenth-century. On the eve of the unification of Italy, Florence was a promising centre for a Polytechnic, in view of the experience of the Corpo di Ingegneri di Acque e Strade, the precocious railway building, the importance of the mining sector and the solidity of the Istituto Tecnico Toscano. Despite this, unlike what took place in Milan and in Turin, the Istituto Tecnico Toscano was not transformed into a Polytechnic for the training of engineers. The reasons for this non-development can be traced to the lack of "industrialist" propensities in the managerial group that emerged victorious from the "peaceful revolution" of 1859, to a desire for independence from the national academic system built on the Casati law, and to a local demand for engineering skills that was less dynamic than expected. Consequently, the prevailing winds were those of "normalisation" blowing from the government, the universities and the most prestigious Colleges of Engineers. Nevertheless, Florence continued to represent an important technological centre, especially in relation to railway infrastructures, public works, and the mechanical engineering industries (for example Pignone and Galileo). In the end it was not until one hundred years after unification that the city finally became the seat of a Faculty of Engineering.

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Franco Angotti

University of Florence, Italy

Giuseppe Pelosi

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-6826-0955

Simonetta Soldani

University of Florence, Italy

Franco Angotti is professor of construction science in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Florence. As Dean of the Faculty of Engineering he was among the promoters of the "National Committee for the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Antonio Meucci", of which he is currently Chairman.


Giuseppe Pelosi is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Florence and, for around twenty years, has been engaged in divulging the history of telecommunications. He is currently secretary/treasurer of the "National Committee for the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Antonio Meucci".


Simonetta Soldani is professor of contemporary history at the University of Florence and serves on the editorial board of the magazine «Passato e presente». Her most recent works include La formazione di un "artigiano della scienza" nella Firenze granducale, in Franco Angotti, Giuseppe Pelosi (editors), Antonio Meucci e la città di Firenze. Tra scienza, tecnica e ingegneria, FUP, 2009.


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Book Title

Alle radici della moderna ingegneria

Book Subtitle

Competenze e opportunità nella Firenze dell'Ottocento

Editors

Franco Angotti, Giuseppe Pelosi, Simonetta Soldani

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160

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2010

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© 2010 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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Studi e saggi

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