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It is from stone that man has learned about his history and about the history of the planet he inhabits […] I hope that modern man will once more entrust his messages for future generations to stone, otherwise there will be precious little left of our civilization in 10 000 years’ time.
CAPO D’ORLANDO PRIZE
and the Nobel Prize winners
All the prize-winners have visited the museum and have held conferences on their studies and activities at Castello Giusso.
(ita) Serge Haroche
(ita) Nobel per la Fisica nel 2012,
at the Museum in 2017
Stefan Walter Hell
Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2014,
at the Museum in 2016
Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010,
at the Museum in 2015
Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1991,
at the Museum in 2014
George Fitzgerald Smoot
Nobel Prize for Physics in 2006,
at the Museum in 2012
Paul Robin Krugman
Nobel Prize for Economy in 2008,
at the Museum in 2011
Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2001,
at the Museum in 2010
James Dewey Watson
Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1962,
at the Museum in 2009
Paul Jozef Crutzen
Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995,
at the Museum in 2008
Harold Walter Kroto
Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996,
at the Museum in 2007
Nobel Prize for Physics in 2002,
at the Museum in 2005
John Forbes Nash
Nobel Prize for Economy in 1994,
at the Museum in 2003
Our planet was born 4.7 billion years ago. Its history tells of great surface changes; just think of the “Continental Drift Theory” to which the museum’s Mesosaurus bears witness. This is a reptile from the Permian period and is one of the pieces of evidence used by Alfred Wegener in support of his theory. Through the various collections of minerals, fossils, shells and stone tools made by our progenitors, visitors can contemplate the great geological and biological transformations undergone by the Earth before man himself appeared. Man’s scientific evolution is featured, from his first tools made of stone, right through to the appearance of graphene, a material of geological origin at the forefront of the new industrial revolution.
- Palaeolithic implements
- Neolithic tools
- More than 500 specimens of gemstone
- Graphene specimens
- 150 shells
- 3500 minerals from all over the world
- 100 Vesuvian minerals
- 250 fossil specimens
From John F. Nash
to Stefan W. Hell
Nobel prize-winners who have visited the museum from 2003 to 2016 for the Capo d’Orlando prize.
Sorry, this entry is only available in Italian.
The samples on display at the Campania Mineralogical Museum have a high level of crystallization and geometric shapes that seem more man-made than natural.
In May 2016 the foundation joined forces with CERN in Geneva to organize an exhibition entitled “Art & Science: the discovery of the Higgs Boson”.
The event was recorded on camera by the RAI’s TG1 news service.
"Having seen the Earth from space, it was wonderful to see it from within, via the large variety of minerals at the museum in Vico Equense."