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Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute

Colloquium

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : 1st Floor
TITLE: Brilliant Blunders

ABSTRACT: 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 only inevitable, ­but rather part and parcel of progress in science and other creative enterprises.

Following the talk, Dr. Livio's book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Co-hosted by
College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS)
and the Department of Physics