I was born on July 18th, 1966, in Livorno, in Tuscany, on the Tyrrhenian sea.
Both my parents are from the same city, but my grandparents came also from
Pisa and Naples.
I have lived near Milan (where both my siblings were born) for about 4
and a half years, then in Rome, for almost 14 years: there I attended
elementary, junior and high school.
In November 1984 I went to Pisa, where I attended the University.
I earned my degree on March 16th, 1989, defending a thesis in Analytic
Number Theory [D1], whose advisors were Roberto
Dvornicich and Alberto Perelli.
About a year later I moved to Genoa, for my Ph.D. studies under Alberto
Perelli, and I successfully defended my thesis [D2]
in Rome on July 26th, 1994.
Still in my fourth and final year as a graduate student, in September
1992 I won a competition for a position as Ricercatore in
Parma, officially in the subject of Mathematical Analysis, since
Number Theory, as such, is unknown to the Italian legislator (in this
case, ignorance is not bliss, not mine at least!).
I moved there soon afterwards.
I finally succeded in obtaining the habilitation
(idoneità) to be an Associate Professor in February
2004, but the Central Government prevented all Universities from
hiring personnel for two years (alas, this is the literal truth) and
I started working as Associate Professor on New Year's Eve, 2004.
Beside the picture in the upper left corner, you can see my portrait
here, in one of the
fairly rare cases when I am shaved and my hair is simultaneously combed.
Beside studying, doing, teaching, talking about Mathematics and
playing football, I spared some time for other things.
I helped my great-uncle Augusto Buonafalce with his project on a
cryptography book by Leon Battista Alberti.
We privately published his book Leon Battista Alberti e
l'Invenzione della Cifra Polialfabetica (I was responsible only
of typesetting and layout, and possibly for a little encouragement from
time to time), which was quoted in the Catalogue for the Alberti
display in Mantova in 1994.
Luckily, the project took off immediately afterwards, and my uncle's
efforts were rewarded by full publication of his critical text.
The critical text itself has been translated since both into Italian
and into English.
I translated J. H. Conway & R. K. Guy's The Book of
Numbers into Italian.
I love reading about ancient history (and I mean ancient!):
in particular, ancient Greece and ancient Egypt, which, I believe, are
the cradle of the Western civilization (a few thousand miles and a few
thousand years away from Hollywood, which is just the opposite).
I have been in Egypt only once, fulfilling a thirty-year long wish:
the monuments there are simply stunning, and as a writer I am not good
enough to describe the impression they made on me.
I visited most of Greece on several different holidays: the place is
really beautiful and people are very friendly there.
Except for the language, it feels like home (that is, like Tuscany).
Some of my friends who have a web page are listed here, strictly
by alphabetical order of their first name.
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