Books by Mario Livio

GALILEO AND THE SCIENCE DENIERS by Mario Livio
Released: May 5, 2020

"An expert life of a giant of science."
A fresh biography of Galileo (1564-1642). Read full book review >
WHY by Mario Livio
Released: July 11, 2017

"The concept of curiosity is a tough nut to crack. Livio is not shy about admitting its difficulties, and he makes an admirable effort to explain complex and still-not-well-understood ideas."
An astrophysicist asks, "what are the underlying mechanisms of curiosity and exploration?" Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 14, 2013

"An absorbing, persuasive reminder that science is not a direct march to the truth."
Astrophysicist and popular science writer Livio (Is God a Mathematician?, 2009, etc.) delivers entertaining accounts of how five celebrated scientists went wrong. Read full book review >
IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN? by Mario Livio
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The conclusion falls a bit flat, but Livio's trip through mathematical history is thoroughly enjoyable and requires no special training to follow it."
Why does math describe reality so well? A scientist offers tentative answers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A lively companion to Bulent Atalay's Math and the Mona Lisa (2004), John Barrow's Book of Nothing (2001) and other recent popular studies in mathematical thought."
Evolution favors symmetry. So do people. So does just about everything in the universe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"A shining example of the aesthetics of mathematics. (Illustrations)"
The harmonious qualities of the golden ratio—phi—are pleasingly scanned in this history of the number, and, by extension, a historical tour of numbers in general. Read full book review >