What Makes Us Curious? An Evening with Mario Livio

09/07/17 07:00 PM - 09/07/17 08:00 PM
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA

Could there be a better fit for a Curious Iguana event than an author speaking about curiosity?!? We think not…and that’s why, to kick off our bookstore’s fourth birthday celebration, we’re hosting astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio to discuss his newest book Why? What Makes Us Curious, published by Simon & Schuster this July.

Join us at the Iguana for an author talk, Q&A, and book signing–along with some celebratory beer from our friends at Flying Dog Brewery. (It is our birthday, after all!) The event is free, no registration is required, but seating is limited. Curious Iguana is located at 12 North Market Street in Downtown Frederick, Maryland. For more information, email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301.695.2500.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Curiosity is at the heart of mystery and suspense novels—as well as a certain independent bookstore in Downtown Frederick! Curiosity is essential to other forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music, and it is the principal driver of basic scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific theory of the nature of curiosity, or consensus about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible for curiosity.

In Why?, Mario Livio explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity. He weaves together the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology with fascinating stories of paragons of curiosity, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He interviewed extraordinarily curious people at the top of their fields, who weigh in on what drove them to explore various disciplines.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker who has appeared on The Daily Show, 60 Minutes, and NOVA. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Besides Why? What Makes Us Curious, he is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize; The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved; Is God a Mathematician? (which was the basis for the 2016 Emmy-nominated NOVA program The Great Math Mystery); the national bestseller Brilliant Blunders; and The Accelerating Universe. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.