Touch Books

Touch books are very powerful communication tools that allow to integrate texts, videos, games, tests and images.

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The human body: the ultimate frontier of complexity

Discover the human body’s innermost secrets through the innovative approach of systems biology in a trip guided by an unprecedented research initiative: SystemsX.ch

“The human body: the ultimate frontier of complexity” is a touchbook that uses text, images, films and games to introduce you to the cutting-edge research being undertaken in some of the most advanced laboratories in the world in a friendly and entertaining way. In these laboratories, scientists are confronting the most challenging questions posed by living organisms using instruments and strategies provided by systems biology – an approach that, in Switzerland, has been fostered by SystemsX.ch. This national initiative was created and funded by the Swiss government to revolutionise biology research, and as a result to boost knowledge of the human body and the basic mechanisms of life.

In systems biology, complex systems, such as those made up of different molecules, cells or organs interacting within a network, are studied as a whole by integrating competences and tools typical of different fields such as biology, mathematics, physics and informatics. This research strategy is producing remarkable results, since it allows an understanding of the complexity of living systems – something that is not possible when only taking each of the system’s components into account separately. Indeed, the complexity of biological systems is so important, it cannot be overlooked, since it is the reason why different living organisms, and in our case different human beings, react differently to the same environmental factors, or the same medical treatments, or to illnesses such as cancer.

For thousands of years, the human body has been an endless source of questions. Generations of scientists have devoted their lives to finding answers to these questions, leading to spectacular breakthroughs in our knowledge, and consequently in human health. Still, with each answer new questions arise, and the human body has now become the ultimate and most ambitious frontier for scientific exploration.

Like in any other kind of exploration, revolutionary tools and innovative strategies are needed to reach new horizons.

This is the story of a great intellectual adventure, an intrepid Swiss initiative, and a surprising journey through the human body.

Available for free for iPad on Appstore, by searching “SystemsX”

 

The Alphabet of the Universe: Travel into Particle Physics

Particle physics provides the key to understand our Universe, how it works and its final destiny, by studying its behavior when it was extremely young.
“The Alphabet of the Universe” is a travel to the frontiers of research, to discover what we do know about the Universe, which are the most advanced theories to describe it, which are the open questions puzzling the scientists and which are the instruments they use at CERN  and around the world to find the answers.

Through movies, interviews, animations, and games, “The Alphabet of the Universe” provides a unique chance to get in touch with CERN, the top particle physics laboratory in the world, to feel the emotions of the discovery of the Higgs boson, to live the trilling experience of trying to push the boundaries of human knowledge and to share with the best scientists the need of understanding more about how Nature works.

This touch-book originates from the exhibition “The Alphabet of the universe”, that has been created by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and CERN and has been displayed in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt, from January 2015 to January 2016.  It has been realized with the support of CERN and Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Published in 2016

Not available at the moment because of technical update

 

CAMBIO STILE: Il Touch-BOOK

“Cambio Stile” è un progetto nato per fornire ai bambini e ai ragazzi delle scuole le corrette informazioni riguardo ad alimentazione e attività fisica. Il progetto, in linea con i temi di Expò, è promosso dal Ministero dell’istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) e dal Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali (MIPAAF) con il supporto del Dipartimento di Medicina sperimentale della Sapienza Università di Roma.

Lo stile che si sceglie per la propria vita fa la differenza e per star bene ed essere in forma è fondamentale preferire quello “giusto”. Perché quando si parla di cibo o di attività fisica, i gusti sono gusti, ma ciò nonostante esistono decisioni “giuste” e decisioni “sbagliate”. Le prime sono quelle che favoriscono la nostra salute e che ci permettono di salvaguardare il più possibile l’ambiente nel quale viviamo.

A volte non è difficile intuire quali siano le decisioni migliori, altre volte però le cose stanno diversamente da ciò saremmo portati a pensare, e possiamo essere tratti in inganno.

Il Touch-Book “Cambio Stile” utilizza testi, animazioni, immagini, filmati e giochi per offrire spunti che permettano di riflettere su ciò che mangiamo, su come viene prodotto il cibo, su quali effetti ha sull’ambiente la sua produzione, sulle sue origini e implicazioni culturali e su come e quando fare attività fisica. Una schermata dopo l’altra, curiosità e attività divertenti ci portano in viaggio attraverso il nostro organismo, il nostro pianeta e la nostra storia.

Anche se le buone abitudini sono in fondo sempre le stesse per tutta la vita, a seconda dell’età cambiano esigenze e interessi, oltre naturalmente al tipo di narrazione, linguaggio, informazioni e interazioni che possono risultare interessanti. Per questo “Cambio Stile” è disponibile in due versioni, una indirizzata a bambine e bambini dai 6 ai 11 anni e l’altra a ragazze e ragazzi dai 12 ai 18 anni.

Scaricabile gratuitamente per tablet Apple e Android

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