Renowned Astrophysicist & Author to Speak at GW

(Courtesy Mario Livio)

(Courtesy Mario Livio)

Have you ever wondered: just what is a black hole? Dr. Mario Livio, who will visit GW’s campus on April 17, has the answer—and more!

Dr. Livio will speak at the 2014 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture, hosted by GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. The event is open to the entire GW community, including alumni from all schools.

This year’s event will feature both a lecture and book signing with Dr. Livio, who will discuss his most recent book, Brilliant Blunders: Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe.

Brillian Blunders profiles five remarkable scientists—Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein—and the errors and mistakes they made en route to their astounding discoveries.

The book, which made the New York Times Best Sellers list, and was selected by The Washington Post as one of the “2013 Best Books of the Year.”

Dr. Livio is known for his unique ability to synthesize complicated information and make it understandable for those without a background in science. He is the author of more than 300 scientific papers on topics ranging from dark energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets. He has given a TED talk, and appeared on 60 Minutes, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and NPR, among others.

Dr. Livio is also the author of five popular science books, including The Golden Ratio (for which he received the Peano Prize and the International Pythagoras Prize).

By day, you’ll find Dr. Livio at The Space Telescope Science Institute, which conducts the scientific program of the Hubble Space Telescope. The organization will also conduct the scientific program of the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Dr. Livio and have your book signed – register today!

Event Details:
Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture
Thursday, April 17, 2014
6:30-8:30pm
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom, 800 21st Street, NW

The book signing will take place after the lecture; copies of Dr. Livio’s book will be available for purchase starting at 6pm, as well as after the lecture. A reception will follow.

Be sure to share your experience: #GWEngineering, @GWEngineering, @GWAlumni

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