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In the fascinating book WHY?: What Makes Us Curious, Mario Livio interviews scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity, including an examination of the lives of two of history’s most curious geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He interviewed people with boundless curiosity, including a superstar rock guitarist who is also an astrophysicist, and an astronaut with degrees in computer science, biology, literature, and medicine. What drives these people to be curious about so many subjects?
Curiosity is at the heart of mystery and suspense novels. It is essential to other forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music. It is the principal driver of basic scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why we humans are so curious, or about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible for curiosity.
Mario Livio—an astrophysicist who has written about mathematics, biology, and now psychology and neuroscience—explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity.
TIME & DATE
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 7:00pm