Luigi Fantappiè

Luigi Fantappiè (15 September 1901 – 28 July 1956) was an Italian mathematician, known for work in mathematical analysis and for creating the theory of analytic functionals: he was a student and follower of Vito Volterra. Later in life he proposed scientific theories of sweeping scope.

Luigi Fantappiè
Born(1901-09-15)15 September 1901
Viterbo, Italy
Died28 July 1956(1956-07-28) (aged 55)
Viterbo, Italy
Alma materUniversity of Pisa
Known forTheory of analytic functionals
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorLuigi Bianchi
Other academic advisors
Doctoral students

He was born in Viterbo, and studied at the University of Pisa, graduating in mathematics in 1922. After time spent abroad, he was offered a chair by the University of Florence in 1926, and a year later by the University of Palermo. He spent the years 1934 to 1939 in the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In 1939 he was offered a chair at the University of Rome.

In 1941 he discovered that negative energy has qualities that are associated to life: The cause of processes driven by negative energy lies in the future, exactly such as living beings work for a better day tomorrow. A process that is driven by negative energy will increase order with time, such as all forms of life tend to do. This was a very controversial view at the time and not at all accepted by his colleagues. His findings indicate that negative energy is associated to life in the same way as consciousness is. Consciousness could be a process based on negative energy.[1] In 1942 he put forth a unified theory of physics and biology, and the syntropy concept. In 1952 he started to work on a unified physical theory called projective relativity, for which, he asserted, special relativity was a limiting case. Giuseppe Arcidiacono worked with him on this theory.[2]

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  • Principi di una teoria unitaria del mondo fisico e biologico, Di Renzo Editore, Roma
  • Conferenze scelte, Di Renzo Editore


  1. ^ (Drageset 2015).
  2. ^ For more information on these topics, see the entry on "de Sitter invariant special relativity".


  • Ciccoli, N. (2015), "Fantappiè's "final relativity" and deformations of Lie algebras", Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 69 (3): 311–326, doi:10.1007/s00407-015-0151-2, eISSN 1432-0657, ISSN 0003-9519, MR 3336950, Zbl 1320.01016.
  • Drageset, Olav (1 February 2015), "Negative energy explained by an imaginary speed of light", Physics Essays, 28 (1): 92–94, doi:10.4006/0836-1398-28.1.92. For a free copy of the article follow this link.
  • Roghi, G. (December 2005), "Materiale per una storia dell'Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica dal 1939 to 2003." [Materials toward a history of the Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica from 1939 to 2003], Bollettino della Unione Matematica Italiana, Sezione A, La Matematica nella Società e nella Cultura, Serie VIII (in Italian), 8-A (3, parte 2): X+301, MR 2225078, Zbl 1089.01500. This is a monographic fascicle published on the "Bollettino della Unione Matematica Italiana", describing the history of the "Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica Francesco Severi" from its foundation in 1939 to 2003: it was written by Gino Roghi and includes a presentation by Salvatore Coen and a preface by Corrado De Concini. It is almost exclusively based on sources from the institute archives: the wealth and variety of materials included, jointly with its appendices and indexes, make this monograph a useful reference not only for the history of the institute itself, but also for the history of many mathematicians who taught or followed the institute courses or simply worked there.

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