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This is the subject of my teachings, and I go on to describe
all the possible causes of the stars’s movement across the Universe.
Of these hypotheses, only one must be the right explanation,
but what animates the bodies in the sky is still beyond the grasp
of those who move at an honest pace through the path to Truth.

Titus Lucretius Carus, On the Nature of Things, V 529-533

Welcome to my personal blog! What follows is a list of the categories of this website. Click on the title to see the articles it contains. A list of categories is available on the left of this page too (if you are browsing on a PC).

Resilience, pencil on paper, Paolo Maccallini, 2019.

A collection of most of my writings on mechanics, mathematics, and biomedicine is available on my Academia page.

Below you find a list of all the articles on this website, ordered from the most recent one to the very first article, published in 2016. Some blog posts are only in Italian, but you can translate them into your language of choice by using the bar on the left.

As for the quote from the poem On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, an early example of scientific divulgation, the original hexameters in Latin are the following ones:

… id doceo, plurisque sequor disponere causas,
motibus astrorum quae possint esse per omne;
e quibus una tamen sit et hic quoque causa necessest,
quae vegeat motum signis; sed quae sit earum
praecipere haudquaquam est pedetemptim progredientis.

Titus Lucretius Carus, De Rerum Natura, V 529-533

The reader may have recognized some similarities with ideas promoted by natural philosophers who were born after Galileo had started the scientific revolution, about sixteen centuries apart from the end of Lucretius’ life. Besides the obvious “Hypotheses non fingo” by which Newton admitted that even though his mathematical model described so well the movement of planets, he had no idea of the cause of gravity; besides that, we can also mention Chamberlin’s “Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses” that seems to follow the footprints of these few lines from the fifth book of De Rerum Natura. Verses in which almost a presage of the convergence of a Baconian series can perhaps be acknowledged; a prophecy that has traveled through twenty centuries to teach us what we have painfully learned again during this vertiginous hiatus and that we often forget about.


Update on the UK Biobank: analysis on variants with a minor allele frequency between 0.01 and 0.05

Abstract I report on the association between variants with a minor allele frequency included between 1% and 5% and the phenotypes: self-reported Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and chronic asthenia not otherwise specified (ICD10: R53). The analysis was performed on a metadata file generated from the UK Biobank database. Patients with self-reported CFS (both sexes) showed a … Continue reading Update on the UK Biobank: analysis on variants with a minor allele frequency between 0.01 and 0.05

My Office

I can’t sit at a desk, if not for short periods: sitting drastically reduces my cognitive performance. This corner is where I spend my days, during summer. In general, having such a heterogenous display of books at hand (from biology to math, from anatomy for arts to computer science, etc.) is not good, if you … Continue reading My Office

I versi degli antichi

Catullo ha scritto quasi 21 secoli fa ma è contemporaneo, sia per il linguaggio che per il contenuto. Solo la lingua è antica; ma sopravvissuta plus uno perenne saeclo, se si pensa che ancora all’inizio del Novecento il latino si usava per gli articoli scientifici (R). Non dico nulla di nuovo, lo so; ma forse, … Continue reading I versi degli antichi

Analysis of a summary statistics generated from the UK Biobank database: new potential risk loci for ME/CFS and not otherwise specified chronic asthenia

Full-text article I present here an analysis of the summary statistics elaborated by Neale’s Lab from the raw data released by the UK Biobank, a large-scale biomedical database that includes genetic data on 500,000 UK citizens. I filtered out variants with a minor allele frequency below 0.05, I included only variants that reached a p … Continue reading Analysis of a summary statistics generated from the UK Biobank database: new potential risk loci for ME/CFS and not otherwise specified chronic asthenia

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