Mario Livio: Brilliant Blunders

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Mario Livio launches his new book, an account of "colossal mistakes by great scientists that changed our understanding of life and the universe."


By The Author

Drawing on the lives of five renowned scientists, Mario Livio's Brilliant Blunders shows how even these geniuses made major mistakes and how their errors were an essential part of the process of achieving scientific breakthroughs.

We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. And that includes five of the greatest scientists in history - Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein. But the mistakes that these great luminaries made helped advance science. Indeed, as Mario Livio explains, science thrives on error, advancing when erroneous ideas are disproven.


About the Author:

Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. He is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book about mathematics and art for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize; The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved; Is God a Mathematician?; and The Accelerating Universe. He lives in Baltimore.






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Start: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 7:00pm
End: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:30pm



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