Massimo Villata

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Massimo Villata (born 1954, Turin, Italy) is an Italian astrophysicist and science fiction writer.


From 1968 to 1973 he attends the Technical Institute for surveyors, he takes part in student movements and graduates with the highest marks; later, he enrolls at the University of Turin, graduating with honors in physics.

At the end of the PhD he wins a competition at the Observatory of Turin, located in Pino Torinese, where he still works as an astrophysicist.[1]

Scientific activity[edit]

His main field of research is the study of extragalactic astronomy, ranging even in theoretical physics and cosmology.

He specializes in the study of blazars (extremely energetic and variable active galactic nuclei), and since the year 2000 he is the President of the International Consortium of optical and radio telescopes (WEBT - Whole Earth Blazar Telescope) devoted to this study.[2][3]

Thanks to his innovative studies, also in the field of antimatter and its gravitational properties in connection with dark energy, he is author of over 300 publications (see list below), of which about half as first or second author, and appears on numerous online journals of scientific information such as, Universe Today, Engadget, and many others.[4][5][6][7]

Literary activity[edit]

He also carries out the activity of writer of science fiction novels (genre hard science fiction) under the pseudonym Max Wells, inspired by the famous Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell. His kind of fiction, also thanks to the studies and research undertaken, is the result of a merger between hard science fiction and scientific literature, a genre that he likes to call "scientific novel".[8]

List of scientific publications[edit]

Main scientific publications [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

Science fiction novels[edit]

  • Max Wells (2012), ilmiolibro, ed., La freccia oscura del tempo, ISBN 9788891010728 
  • Max Wells (2015), ilmiolibro, ed., La freccia oscura del tempo, eBook, ISBN 9788891046383 
  • Max Wells (2015), ilmiolibro, ed., L'altro messia 
  • Max Wells (2017), Springer, ed., The Dark Arrow of Time 


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  1. ^ "Theoretical Physicist Massimo Villata – Physicist and Sci-fi Writer". 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  2. ^ "The Whole Earth Blazar Telescope". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  3. ^ WEBT publications on ADS
  4. ^ "Antimatter gravity could explain Universe's expansion". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  5. ^ Janek, Vanessa. "Antigravity Could Replace Dark Energy as Cause of Universe's Expansion". Universe Today. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Repulsive gravity as an alternative to dark energy (Part 1: In voids)". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Is Dark Energy Really "Repulsive Gravity"?". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  8. ^ "La Freccia Oscura del Tempo | MEDIA INAF". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Optical photometric monitoring of gamma-ray loud blazars". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series. 121: 119–138. 1997. doi:10.1051/aas:1997313. 
  10. ^ "BVR photometry of comparison stars in selected blazar fields. I. Photometric sequences for 10 BL Lacertae objects". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series. 130: 305–310. 1998. doi:10.1051/aas:1998415. 
  11. ^ "Helical jets in blazars. I. The case of MKN 501" (PDF). Astronomy and Astrophysics. 347: 30–36. 1999. Bibcode:1999A&A...347...30V. 
  12. ^ "The WEBT BL Lacertae Campaign 2000". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 390: 407–421. 2002. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20020662. 
  13. ^ "The unprecedented optical outburst of the quasar 3C 454.3. The WEBT campaign of 2004–2005". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 453: 817–822. 2006. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20064817. 
  14. ^ "CPT symmetry and antimatter gravity in general relativity". EPL (Europhysics Letters). 94: 20001. 2011. doi:10.1209/0295-5075/94/20001. 
  15. ^ "On the nature of dark energy: the lattice Universe". Astrophysics and Space Science. 345: 1–9. 2013. doi:10.1007/s10509-013-1388-3. 
  16. ^ "The matter-antimatter interpretation of Kerr spacetime". Annalen der Physik. 527: 507–512. 2015. doi:10.1002/andp.201500154.