The Invention, intended as the creation and introduction for the first time of a concept, an idea, a theory, a technology, is a fundamental aspect of science, philosophy or art, and, together with imitation, to the innovation and discovery, is the main driving force of knowledge progress.
The National Geographic Festival of Sciences, at its 14th edition, will tackle the invention in its entirety, trying to answer some big questions: how does an idea come about and how can it give rise to an invention? What are the main inventions that have changed the history of humanity? What are the inventions of the future that we can imagine? Can inventions be born by chance?
All this happens in the year in which three important anniversaries occur: the 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, an eclectic and brilliant figure, Leonardo has anticipated by many years ideas, inventions and achievements in all the fields in which he has experimented; the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo 11 moon landing, which certainly represents one of the most extraordinary adventures that man has managed to successfully complete thanks to his inventiveness; and the 150 years since the invention of the Periodic Table of the elements by Dmitrij Mendeleev, a masterpiece of science that has allowed not only to classify the chemical elements then known, but even to predict the existence of other elements, actually discovered later.
The Festival continues to grow and, thanks to the scientific contribution of the main national Research Institutes and Universities, and to the participation of the Civic Libraries and Scientific Museums of Rome, as well as of various companies, rebuilds with over 40 locations and thus offers its public an extraordinarily rich map of scientific and technological knowledge of the country's capital.
Within the Auditorium Parco della Musica spaces, over 40 meetings and more than 300 educational activities will bring the youngest closer to the world of science: from coding to robotics, from space exploration to particle accelerators to virtual reality, from instruments musicals made with recycled materials to discover volcanoes. Moreover, 8 exhibitions dedicated to Italian inventions, the universe, the relationship between science and comics, the Earth and the environment, will accompany the Festival's audience.