I was born in Como, Italy, in 1943 and I live in Cordoba, Spain. I have been a theoretical physicist, a farmer and a translator. From 1994 to 2002 I have been scientific advisor for the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research center located in Ascona, Switzerland. Since 2002 I am associate director of the Pari Center, an alternative academic institute located in the medieval village of Pari, Tuscany, Italy. I often teach at the Schumacher College, Devon, UK, and I give lectures, courses and seminars about physics as an instrument of wonder, about using the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle, as a tool for introspection and about the relevance of Taoist thought for our post-modern predicament.