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Abstract: The character Mr. Palomar, the alter-ego of the Italian author Italo Calvino,appeared for the first time in 1975 on the pages of the -Il Corriere dellaSera-, and then more or less regularly till its debut as a book in 1983.Through illuminating thoughts and reflections based on observations, forinstance, of sea waves, Mr. Palomar discovers that they induce a peaceful andinspirational state of mind that prevents coronary and mental illnesses, andalso holds the key to capturing the complexity of the world reducing it intoits most elementary mechanisms. In this contribution I will survey some of Mr.Palomar-s thoughts while he observes the sky and speculate on others that hemight have explored if he shared our contemporary knowledge of the cosmos. Iwill also discuss the thoughts of other authors on how, cosmological thinkingaffects the human condition.

Autor: Orfeu Bertolami


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