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“Ai miei tempi…” I Nonni del Bobolino raccontano le loro storie di cucina.
A cura di Salvatore La Lota Di Blasi (2018)

… This could be the beginning of a book written by hands who knew war, hands that now brushes white hair, hands that dealt with the -true- food shortages… This book has the bittersweet taste of nostalgia, turning on dreams of time that’s gone by, renewing memories, through gestures and items that now could only represent the “bellezza riposata dei solai” (resting beauty of the attics), to use Guido Gozzano’s words…

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Il cielo delle donne e degli uomini
A cura di Salvatore La Lota Di Blasi (2018)

The experience of the new digital planetarium in the prisoners of Sollicciano’s eyes, as an important and formative occasion to challenge themselves, to grow and to share. This experience, contained in these pages, reveals that we can learn to fly even if our feet are stuck to the ground, inside of a silent square.

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Il Gabinetto di Fisica dell’Istituto Tecnico Toscano. Guida alla visita
Brenni Paolo, 2009. Polistampa, Firenze.

Released at the “Firenze Scienza” initiative (November 2009-May 2010), “The Cabinet of Physics of the Tuscan Technical Institute” is a guide to the visit of the collection of instruments preserved by the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica. The guide is  divided into sections corresponding to the different branches of physics as it was structured at the end of the nineteenth century: Hydraulics, optics, acoustics, physical mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, meteorology, electrostatics, electricity and magnetism, applications of electricity.

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Le stanze della scienza. Le collezioni dell’Istituto Tecnico Toscano a Firenze
Giatti Anna & Lotti Stefania (a cura di), 2006. Artigraf, Firenze.

This volume contains information on historical-scientific collections kept by the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica.
Born with the aim of presenting some of the objects that have recently been displayed to the public in the rooms of access to the Planetarium as an essay of the entire heritage, the book is in fact a real guide to the entire museum reality kept in the Foundation, a reality formed by many precious collections that embrace the field of the history of science, technology and technical-scientific teaching. The collections were established mainly in the nineteenth century and represent an important witness of the evolution of Florentine scientific culture.

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Evoluzione dell’Aratro nella Toscana dei Lorena
Gori Guido (a cura di), 2002. Polistampa, Firenze.

The idea of this volume came about as a result of the discovery of a collection of models of arched tools built during the nineteenth century (especially in the 1920s and 1930s) in Tuscany at the Agrarian Cabinet of the Technical Institute “G. Salvemini-E.F. Duca d’Aosta “. These tools, built mainly on Cosimo Ridolfi’s instructions, represent an important example of scientific study applied to agricultural activities, in order to improve the production and hence the living conditions of the tuscan population.
184 pp., With numerous color and black and white photos.

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L’acustica e i suoi strumenti. La collezione dell’Istituto Tecnico Toscano / Acoustics and its Instruments. The collection of the Istituto Tecnico Toscano
Giatti Anna & Miniati Mara (a cura di), 2001. Giunti, Firenze.

It is an updated catalog (the first version was published in 1986 at the end of the restoration after the flood of ’66: P. Brenni, Catalog of Instruments of the Tuscan Technical Institute, 1. Acoustica, Florence 1986) of acoustic instruments belonging to the Collection maintained at the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica di Firenze.
144 pp., Numerous color and black and white photos.

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Archeologia industriale – Metodologie di recupero del bene industriale.
Atti del convegno (Prato, 16-17 giugno 2000)
Faustini Laura, Guidi Elisa & Misiti Massimo (a cura di), 2001. Edifir, Firenze.

Curated by the University of Florence and the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica and published with the contribution of the Tuscany Region, this volume collects the acts of the conference Archeologia industriale – Metodologie di recupero del bene industriale. (Industrial Archeology – Methods of recovery and enjoyment of industrial good.), held in Prato on 16 and 17 June 2000. It was promoted by CICOP, the International Center for the Conservation of Architectural Heritage, and by the University of Florence as a pre-congressional session of “Firenze 2000. V Convegno Internazionale sul Restauro del patrimonio Architettonico”, Firenze, 17-24 settembre 2000 (Florence 2000. V International Restoration Conference Of Architectural Heritage, Florence, September 17-24, 2000).
198 pp., With black and white illustrations.

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Gli strumenti di Fisica dell’Istituto Tecnico Toscano. ELETTRICITÀ E MAGNETISMO.
Brenni Paolo, 2000. Le Lettere, Firenze.

This volume is part of a collection of catalogs dedicated to important Italian collections of scientific instruments and is dedicated to the section of the electrical instruments and appliances of the Tuscan Technical Institute, which is one of the richest and most complete of the Institute collection.
519 pp., With numerous color and black and white photos.

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Gli strumenti di Fisica dell’Istituto Tecnico Toscano. OTTICA.
Brenni Paolo, 1995. Giunti, Firenze.

This volume, like the previous one, is a part of a collection of catalogs dedicated to important Italian collections of scientific instruments. Dedicated to the section of optical instruments, it is the result of a long restoration work and cataloging of the entire collection of the Tuscan Technical Institute. It also offers a historical introduction to optical instruments of the 19th century.
240 pp., With numerous color and black and white photos.

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Le meraviglie dell’ingegno: strumenti scientifici dai Medici ai Lorena.
Gravina Francesco (a cura di), 1990. Ponte alle Grazie, Firenze.

This volume traces the Tuscan Technical Institute history and provides a brief description of its collections and places it in the historical-scientific and technological landscape of Tuscany and 19th-century Europe. It consists of contributions by several scholars. (Sold out)

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 La biblioteca dell’Istituto Tecnico Toscano. 1. Libri antichi: catalogo (1482-1799)
Gori Guido & Misiti Massimo (a cura di), 1986. Tipografia Giuntina, Firenze.

It is a catalog of ancient scientific and technical works (both Italian and European) belonging to the Library of the Tuscan Technical Institute.
162 pp., With 13 black and white illustrations.