Posted: 3/21/19

TAMIU Presidential Lecture Series Asks on ‘What Makes Us Curious’ Tonight


Dr. Mario Livio
Dr. Mario Livio  

Internationally-known astrophysicist and best-selling novelist Dr. Mario Livio explores the basic human characteristic of curiosity as part of the upcoming Presidential Lecture Series titled, "Why? What Makes Us Curious," on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ Recital Hall.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

A leader in his field, Livio has published over 400 scientific papers on various topics ranging from dark energy, black holes, extrasolar planets and cosmology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and worked for 24 years with the Hubble Space Telescope.

During the lecture, Livio will discuss themes in his latest book, “Why? What Makes Us Curious,” which was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Psychology.

He is the author of several bestsellers, including “Is God a Mathematician?” which served as inspiration for the Emmy Award-winning 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.

Organized through TAMIU’s University College, the Presidential Lecture Series is an occasional series at the University that seeks to bring innovative thinkers and creators to the University in public lectures open to both students and the University community at large. Past lecturers have included Dr. Mark Lilla, Dr. Tomas Jiménez, Nadine Strossen and Tatiana Clouthier.

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