Hayden Planetarium Programs

Frontiers Lecture: Why? What Makes Us Curious with Mario Livio

September 18, 2017

Mario Livio holding a translucent globe mapping the constellations

The ability to ask “Why?” is uniquely human. Curiosity drives basic scientific research, powers the creativity in disciplines from the arts to technology, and is a necessary ingredient in every form of storytelling. Astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio describes cutting-edge research about the origins and mechanisms of human curiosity.

A book signing will follow.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mario Livio is an internationally renowned astrophysicist, a best-selling author, and a popular speaker, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 400 scientific papers on topics ranging from dark energy and cosmology to black holes and exoplanets. Dr. Livio is also the author of six popular science books, including The Golden Ratio, an international bestseller for which he received the Peano Prize and the International Pythagoras Prize, and Is God a Mathematician?, which was the basis for the 2016 Emmy-nominated NOVA program “The Great Math Mystery.” Livio’s book Brilliant Blunders was a national bestseller in the U.S. and was selected by the Washington Post as one of the Best Books of the Year. His new book, Why? What Makes Us Curious, was published July, 2017. 

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.