Whether it is history or science, research has made the world its home, or rather all history and the universe that “belongs to all”. This is the lesson from the winners of the 2021 Balzan Prizes, one of the most coveted global prizes for researchers and scientists, and one of the richest: 750,000 Swiss francs (about 700 thousand euros), but with the obligation that part of it will go. To fund new research for young researchers. A kind of intergenerational handover. And the meeting of the winners in 2021 in Bern, a celebration postponed due to a pandemic and which will be hosted for 2022 in the fall in Rome, in the Quirinale, the powerful message is a potential dialogue between peoples. Even the most diverse. As for the Italian Giorgio Buccellati, who, with his wife and lifelong partner Mary Kelly, was awarded for the discovery of Syria of the Siren civilization in the third millennium BC, another couple received the award: another Italian, Alessandra Bonanno, with the Frenchman Thibault Damour. , an astrophysicist, received a theoretical physicist award for their studies of gravity and gravitational waves. “A search that would not be possible, which everyone tells us in their own way, without dialogue and comparison, because conducting research is the privilege of having no barriers.
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