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Mario Livio discusses "Why?" Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Mario Livio discusses "Why?"
Event typeAuthor Readings/Lectures
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryFamed scientist Mario Livio will explore the concept of curiosity and explain what he thinks is behind this drive.
DescriptionMario Livio—an astrophysicist and author of five previous books including "Brilliant Blunders" and "The Golden Ratio"— has spent his prolific career pursuing subjects that piqued his curiosity. He’s written about mathematics, astrophysics, biology and chemistry. This year he explores the subject of curiosity itself.

Livio weaves the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology with the fascinating stories of epitomes of curiosity such as Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman, and interviews with extraordinarily curious people at the top of their fields, including Noam Chomsky (famous linguist), Fabiola Gianotti (renowned particle physicist and passionate musician), Brian May (virtuoso guitarist for the band Queen and accomplished astrophysicist), and Marilyn vos Savant (among the world’s highest IQs and author of “Ask Marilyn” column in Parade).

Curiosity is essential to literature, film, and other forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music. It is the principal driver of basic scientific research, and is what sustains a conversation that delights. The ability to ask why is uniquely human, and yet there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why that is.

Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, bestselling author, and popular speaker who has appeared on The Daily Show, 60 Minutes, and NOVA. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He 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?" (which was the basis for the 2016 Emmy-nominated NOVA program “The Great Math Mystery”); the national bestseller "Brilliant Blunders"; and "The Accelerating Universe."
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NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with University Book Store. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5pm.
Recorded for PodcastThis event will be recorded for future podcast.
Contact Info*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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