cum puer audaci coepit gaudere volatu
deseruitque ducem caelique cupidine tractus
altius egit iter.
(Publius Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoseon)
"when the Boy a frolicke courage caught
To flie at randon. Whereupon forsaking quight his guide,
Of fond desire to flie to Heaven, above his boundes he stide."
(trans. Brookes More)
I've never been certain whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, "Don't try to fly too high," or whether it might also be thought of as, "Forget the wax and feathers and do a better job on the wings." (Stanley Kubrick)
I am a mathematician working in the field of Set Theory, which is a branch of Mathematical Logic, with a particular emphasis on large cardinals. For more informations, see my research page.
This is my complete CV.
On February 2016, I was involved in a public feud with the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the Politecnico di Torino. For posterity, here is the account of what happened (very detailed and boring) in Italian (with attachments 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and in English. It can be a good support for a conversation about the tension between independence and accountability in the departments.
I am currently employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Udine:
Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Informatiche e Fisiche
Università degli Studi di Udine
Via delle Scienze, 206
33100, Udine, Italy
Tel: +39 0432 558498
Email: vincenzo.dimonte (a) uniud.it