Like any personal blog site, I have to start with presentations. My name is Nicola Gigante, and I’m a 26-years-old Ph.D. student of Computer Science at the University of Udine. My research during the Ph.D. focuses on (temporal) logic and synthesis of automata, with applications to artificial intelligence, in particular to automated planning. You will realize, however, that this website is not about my research, not exclusively at least. You are actually reading my personal notebook of news, thoughts, experiments and opinions.
The title1 of this blog is a tribute to one of the most important books that I’ve ever read in my life. It is The Music of the Primes, wonderfully written by the Oxford mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy. It is in my opinion one of the best and most effective pieces of contemporary non-technical science literature. I owe it the growth of my passion for mathematics — and science in general — and therefore a large part of the kind of person I’ve become. One of the things I care the most nowadays is the problem of the communication of science to the public, and du Sautoy is surely one of the best communicators alive, at least as far as math is concerned.
This is not the first time I try to keep a personal blog. This fresh restart was needed for a couple of reasons. First of all, I needed to set a new tone, still informal but more thoughtful than before. Moreover, I was sick of WordPress and I wanted to build something more handcrafted, and concentrate on typography and structure. I also switched to write in English to be able to hopefully reach a little more than two or three readers. However, I will still write in Italian sometimes on topics which I find would be more useful to an italian audience. For anything, contact me on Twitter or by e-mail.