MAXXI Auditorium – admission free subject to availability of places
A marathon of documentary films from the National Geographic library, on the occasion of the exhibition Gravity. Imaging the universe after Einstein.
La stanza sterile, 45’
How old is the earth? In the 19th century, Clair Patterson attempted to respond to this question with a surprising study of the detritus in the craters left on our planet by the impact of meteorites. Patterson succeeded in her intent, thanks above all to the creation of the first ultra-sterile clean room for the analysis of the matter without the lead present in the environment. In the years that followed, the scientist was to discover that lead has played a fundamental role in the history of the universe.
Sorelle del sole, 45’
The constellation of the Pleiades represents a means of exploring the paradoxes and wonders of some of the most important scientific discoveries in history. The documentary will lead the spectator back to the time of the “sisters of the sun”, the group of scientists led by two deaf women who at Harvard in the early 20th century worked on the cataloguing of the stars. We will also discover the story of a young English woman who joined them and overshadowed the leading experts of the time, teaching the world about the true nature of stars.