Remembering Piero Angela: A Year Without the Maestro of Science Communication

Honoring the Legacy and Impact of a Scientific Dissemination Pioneer

It has been a year since the disappearance of Piero Angela, a pillar of scientific dissemination, and the void left behind is evident to everyone. The vast television community he created over half a century of dedication to scientific dissemination has taken different paths, yet always under the shadow of his teachings. This change might have been what he himself had foreseen, as he had always worked to train new generations of communicators.

Piero Angela’s loyal viewers, many of whom also became avid readers, have felt the crack of his absence. Whether choosing to watch an episode of “SuperQuark” or diving into one of his works, they had always sought an elevated experience, a deep connection with knowledge. In these times, such a connection is even more precious, given the growing distrust in science following pandemics and environmental crises.

In a context where the distinction between real facts and opinions becomes increasingly blurred, Piero Angela’s clarity and authority would have undoubtedly made a difference. Not so much to influence those who act in bad faith, but to sincerely enlighten those seeking the truth.

He had an innate talent for making complex subjects understandable, always relying on a rigorously selected network of experts. This allowed him to present science in a reassuring tone, always highlighting its intrinsic value, even at the cost of occasional criticism.

Piero Angela had the rare ability to sustain a genuine debate, avoiding falling into the trap of media circles. Although aware of the dangers and distortions of modern information, as suggested by reflections of personalities like Umberto Eco, he always maintained a balanced and respectful approach.

Piero’s ethics in the field of dissemination were unparalleled. Even without a strictly scientific background, he transformed the landscape of communication in this field, elevating it from a mere pastime to a true vocation.

In the current turbulent and uncertain context, the absence of his guidance and serene presence is deeply felt. Yet, the legacy and essence of what he left continue to be a guiding light for all those who venture into the deep sea of dissemination and learning.

Marco Mattiuzzi

By Marco Mattiuzzi

A multifaceted artist, former teacher and communicator, he has dedicated years to art and communication. He taught classical guitar, exhibited photos and wrote in magazines. In the book sector, he promoted photography and art through HF Distribuzione, a company specialized in mail-order sales. He currently owns CYBERSPAZIO WEB & STREAMING HOSTING. In 2018, he created the Facebook group "Art Pills" with over 65,000 members and manages CYBERSPAZIO WEB RADIO dedicated to classical music. He collaborates with several cultural organizations in Vercelli, including Amici dei Musei and Artes Liberales.
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