Science, technology and civil protection. The Legacy of Father Angelo Secchi in the history of scientific and technological innovation. A meeting in Rome
October 23, 2018
In the 19th century, the physicist Angelo Secchi SJ made most important contributions to astronomy, anti-seismic protection and fire safety. On the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth, the Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco (National Body of Fire Brigades) and the Society of Jesus organized a meeting to illustrate Father Secchi’s insight in the classification of stars, in the evaluation of seismic susceptibility and in the protection of Roman basilicas against fire. The meeting is hosted at the Istituto Superiore Antincendi, the School of Advanced Training of the National Body of Fire Brigades, to underline the importance of Father Secchi’s planning of the first documented technological system of fire detection and of his contributions to solve problems related to fire protection of historic buildings in Rome.
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