Born in Padua to a secular and liberal family, the brilliant and charismatic Tullio Levi-Civita was a mathematical genius whose contributions, along with Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, fundamentally influenced one of the most important theories in the history of science: Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. We learn about Levi-Civita through the memoirs of his wife, Libera Trevisani. Theirs’s is a story deeply constructed in a poetic tale of innovative research darkened by the enacted Italian race laws during a moment of intense social and cultural change after the war.
Endnotes offer details related to Levi-Civita and Ricci Curbastro concerning Einstein’s innovative theoretical research while offering insights into Trevisani and her contributions to science and women’s rights.
A Dream at the Speed of Light (Un sogno alla velocità della luce) available in Italian, written by Emanuela Nava and illustrated by Marta Pantaleo.
Carthusia Edizioni, 2021
Appropriate for ages 9 and up