Below is a reflection on Part I; more to follow!
Just after the Class of 2015 graduated from Peddie, I received an email out of the blue.
|coffee beans in their raw (lighter) |
and roasted (darker) states
I could not have been more wrong.
The permission being requested was to show the videos at Expo Milano, this year's World's Fair in Milan, Italy. The Expo, whose theme is food and energy, is a collaboration of over 140 countries and runs from May to early October of this year. Over 20 million visitors are expected to visit the Expo by the time it wraps up in October. In other words, the videos were going to be shown on a truly global stage.
|A visitor to the Expo interacts with |
the Biology of Coffee exhibit run
by staffers at Immaginario Scientifico
Shortly after figuring all that out, I bought a plane ticket to Milan, because there's no way I wouldn't go to the Expo, if only to see the venue and meet some of the staffers from Immaginario Scientifico, the science museum in Trieste.
As it turned out, I couldn't be at the Expo when the videos are scheduled to be shown. I did attend the Expo for a couple days, and I did meet staffers from the Immaginario and talked by phone with Mr. Ettore Panzione, the man who had originally contacted me asking permission to show the videos.
|The Biology of Coffee exhibit, |
showing a projection of
a plant cell under the microscope
on the left in the photo
As a postscript to the story, Signore Panzione has made an Italian-language version of three of the seven YouTube videos on Granular Matter. I will be posting those to the PeddiePhysics YouTube channel shortly after my arrival home, and then those videos will be bilingual, a first for me.
|yours truly with Immaginario staff physicist |
May Sabbah at the presentation area in the
And all of this started when Brabeeba, Kenny, and I started filming some of our experiments on Granular Matter. Whodathunk?