Title: DIALOGO - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 68 pages. Published in 1989. Recorded conversations between two great men, presented in their final, book form. One of the greatest texts of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Although a magisterial and definitive edition of Primo Levi's Complete Works has finally been issued, it does not include "Dialogo". The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Primo Levi's and Tullio Regge's "Dialogo" in a felicitous English translation. A dialogue between Primo Levi, a writer who was also a chemist, and Tullio Regge, a leading physicist in the development of quantum mechanics who is also a cosmopolitan intellectual. In other words, not just another conversation between two men but between two geniuses. The conversations have an intimate feel, but were originally presented as a series of radio broadcasts. Their range is stupendous: Literature and literary style, modern physics, logic, science fiction, music, computers, popular culture, Nazism and the Holocaust (Levi was a concentration camp survivor, an experience from which he never fully recovered), reminiscences of iconic figures such as Oppenheimer, Godel, and Heisenberg as well as philosophical reflections on the birth of the universe and the future of humanity. "Should belong to the tiny survival bundle which we will one day enshrine into a radiation-proof container, to be burrowed into the earth, or whisked away into outer space, as a testimony of who we are, where we are heading, where we came from" (Corriere della Sera). The English translation comes with an indispensable and moving Introduction by Tullio Regge: Primo Levi committed suicide on April 11, 1987, two years before publication. The piece by Regge appears in this edition only. An absolute "must-have" title for Primo Levi and Tullio Regge collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Page 39 (together with its opposite side, Page 40) is securely bound into the book, but the top edge juts out more than all the other pages, a publisher's flaw. Almost all other copies available online are the Softcover Edition or have serious flaws. Although a magisterial and definitive edition of Primo Levi's Complete Works has finally been issued, it does not include "Dialogo". A rare copy thus. Two of the greatest Italian figures of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PRIMO LEVI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0691085455. Bookseller Inventory # 18281
The renowned novelist and chronicler of the Nazi concentration camps, Primo Levi, who was also a chemist, and Tullio Regge, a leading physicist in the development of quantum mechanics, shared roots in Italy's Piedmont and a passionate interest in all things natural and human. This is a priceless record of an engaging conversation that will enlighten and amuse the reader on topics from the development of modern physics to the logic of science fiction. In the first few pages of this book the talk moves quickly from learning ancient Hebrew to feminism in the Talmud to Regge's boyhood chemistry experiments in an army pharmacy in Italy during World War II--"I set fire to everything"--and Levi's youthful fascination with science: "I hoped to go very far, to the point of possessing the universe, to understanding the why of things." Levi's and Regge's shared reactions to education in Italy--especially their belief as children in a school plot to conceal scientific knowledge--begin an intriguing and often humorous discussion ranging from the intellectual liberation of their university years, through the institution of Hitler's racial laws in fascist Italy, to scientific responsibility, the birth of the universe, and the future of humanity. Nothing escapes the authors' penetrating comments: space travel, music, computers, and the development of Levi's literary style. Of special interest are reminiscences of Oppenheimer, Wheeler, Gdel, and Heisenberg. Dialogo is published here with an introduction by Tullio Regge on Primo Levi and the background of this conversation. The conversation itself was originally conducted for radio broadcast.
Language Notes: Text: English, Italian (translation)
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