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- December 24
Dr. Mario Livio: Brilliant Blunders - talk and book signing
Dr. Mario Livio, of the Hubble Space Telescope institute will be giving a lecture based on his book "Brilliant Blunders". This talk is part of the Natural Science and Mathematics colloquium series. In his words:
Even the greatest scientists have made some serious blunders.
"Brilliant Blunders" concerns the evolution of life on Earth, of the Earth itself, of stars, and of the universe as a whole. In this talk, I shall concentrate on and analyze major errors committed by such luminaries as Charles Darwin, Linus Pauling, and Albert Einstein. I will also scrutinize the various types of blunders and attempt to identify their causes. Most importantly, however, I'll argue that blunders are not onl inevitable, but rather part and parcel of progress in science and other creative enterprises.
Dr. Livio has published five popular books on science before this, including "The Accelerating Universe" and "Is God a Mathematician?" He has lectured several times at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and served as a Nitze Fellow in 2002. He is a brilliant scientist, having published over 300 papers in all fields of astrophysics. Hs most recent book "Brilliant Blunders" was on the New York Times bestseller list and was chosen by the Washinton Post as one of their 100 Best Books of 2013.
There will be a book signing following the lecture.