What Makes Us Curious
Mario Livio’s new book WHY? investigates the human need for curiosity – and the innate desire to know why. Livio demonstrates that one of the most distinguishing characteristics of human beings is our insatiable desire to know things. Even if we don't actually ask why, we are curious to know why.
Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Livio is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize; The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved; Is God A Mathematician?; the bestseller Brilliant Blunders; and The Accelerating Universe.
Praise For Mario Livio
"Mr. Livio is a gifted storyteller. . . .[He] shows how science works partly by feeding on past mistakes. An incorrect view of the world is not simply a mistake; it's a catalyst that leads to better understanding." (Wall Street Journal)
"Thoughtful, well-researched and beautifully written,Brilliant Blundersoffers a distinctive — and far more truthful — perspective on the journey to scientific discovery." (The Washington Post)
“Enlightening. . . . For many people, being a great scientist means being above error. . . . Livio’s book is a valuable antidote to this skewed picture. . . . Thanks to his deep curiosity, Livio turnsBrilliant Blundersinto a thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself." (New York Times Book Review)
“Entertaining accounts of how five celebrated scientists went wrong. . . . An absorbing, persuasive reminder that science is not a direct march to the truth.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"Astrophysicist Livio unmasks the flaws in the work of some of our greatest scientific minds in this meditation on the winding, unpredictable path of discovery." (Scientific American)
The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved
"A wide-ranging exploration of the phenomenon of symmetry....There's math, yes, but there are also tales of love, violence, history -- and the whole, in this case, turns out to be greater than the sum of those parts." (Newsweek)
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