To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Antonio Meucci, under the umbrella of the «Genio Fiorentino» initiative three important events addressing the figure of the famous inventor of the telephone and the culture of his time were organised by the National Committee for the celebrations, the Provincial Authority and the University of Florence. Bringing together the contributions made on these occasions, this book starts with an initial pictorial itinerary through Meucci's Florence focusing on his educational formation in the Restoration Grand Duchy, and going on to embrace more generally the cultural climate and the technical and scientific milieu of early nineteenth-century Tuscany. A special section is devoted to the aspect of communications at the time, with a view to placing in its historical context the technical and scientific environment in which Meucci's training took place.
University of Florence, Italy
Franco Angotti is Professor of Building Science in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Florence, Pro Vice-Chancellor for relations with the territory since 2006, member of the Technical Regulations Committee of the CNR and member of the Study Group of the Public Works Authority. He has been engaged with structural engineering, in particular structures in reinforced concrete, and technical regulations in the same sector. As Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Florence 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. His research is performed prevalently in the area of Electromagnetic Engineering and, for around twenty years, he has been engaged in divulging the history of telecommunications engineering. He has published a number of technical-scientific texts with prestigious international publishers; since 2000 he has been a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is currently secretary/treasurer of the National Committee for the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Antonio Meucci.