The shattered Proustian memory in a poignant footage

Antonio Picariello

The catastrophe theory, developed by  René Thom during the 1960s and first emerged into the Italian academic practice in the 1970s, held out hope and illusion presenting the scientific thought as a solution to apply to all unruly phenomena, including earthquakes. Later, however, the catastrophes that shattered first the Italian regions of Irpinia, Molise and more recently those of Abruzzo and Emilia, proved that catastrophes are not only a problem regarding the structure, but a quality related to human consciousness.