Marco Malvaldi was born in Pisa in 1974. A former researcher at the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Pisa, he established himself in the world of Italian fiction thanks to the series BarLume di Pineta, dedicated to the investigations of the local barman Massimo and the group of elderly gentlemen go to his bar. After "La briscola in cinque" (2007), "Il gioco delle tre carte" (2008) and "Il re dei giochi" (2010), he published "Odore di chiuso" (2011), a novel set in the late 19th century with the writer and gastronome Pellegrino Artusi serving as protagonist. Among his most recent works are "Argento vivo", "Scacco alla torre", the food and wine guide "La famiglia Tortilla", the essay "Capra e calcoli" ( with Dino Leporini), "Il telefono senza fili" and "La battaglia navale", the last book in the BarLume series. In 2015 he wrote"Le regole del gioco", an amusing work that moves between natural sciences and sports, the children's story "Leonardo e la marea" and "Buchi nella sabbia", a historical detective novel set among the Italian anarchists of the early 20th century. In the essay "L'infinito tra parentesi" (2016), Malvaldi used his own past as a researcher to talk about the mutual influences between science and literary fiction. In 2017 he published "La libertà è un numero perfetto", a journey in mathematics from Pythagorean theorem to Google algorithms, followed by "Negli occhi di chi guarda" and "L'architettura dell'invisibile". In 2018 he wrote the essay "Le due teste del tiranno".
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