All posts by Mario Livio

Mario Livio

Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which conducts the scientific program of the Hubble Space Telescope and will conduct the scientific program of the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. He has published more than 300 scientific papers on topics ranging from dark energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets. 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) and Is God A Mathematician? Livio's recent book, Brilliant Blunders, was on the New York Times bestsellers list, and was selected by the Washington Post as one of the 2013 Best Books of the Year.

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To Be or Knot to Be

03/19/15See Comments

Knots are the kind of stuff that even myths are made of. In the Greek legend of the Gordian knot, for example, Alexander the Great...[Read More]

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The Frolic Architecture of the Snow

02/11/15See Comments

With all the recent major snowstorms, I find myself almost obliged to write something about the science of snowflakes. (The title of this post, by...[Read More]


Hubble’s 25 Years Of Artistic Life [A Photo Gallery]

01/08/15See Comments

On April 24, 2015, we’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch. In other words, Hubble has been in operation throughout the...[Read More]


There Is Measure in All Things

11/20/14See Comments

During the last few centuries we have learned that our cosmos today is filled with objects and structures that span an astonishing range of sizes...[Read More]

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Life in the Universe: An Optimistic Cosmic Perspective

10/24/14See Comments

From radiometric dating, we know that the Earth (and indeed the solar system) is about 4.54 billion years old. While there is some debate on...[Read More]