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    • Is God a Mathematician?

    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Tom Parks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that - mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true.

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Golden Ratio

    • The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 110
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    Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887.... This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Tedious Listen

    • By Amanda Halsdorff on 10-25-14
    • The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 05-09-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Why?

    • What Makes Us Curious
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    In the ever-fascinating Why? Mario Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity. He examined the lives of two of history's most curious geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He also talked to people with boundless curiosity: a superstar rock guitarist who is also an astrophysicist; an astronaut with degrees in computer science, biology, literature, and medicine. What drives these people to be curious about so many subjects?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good doce into Curiosity

    • By Rodolfo on 02-18-18
    • What Makes Us Curious
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 07-11-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

    Regular price: $17.00

    • The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved

    • How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Tom Parks
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, two prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula. The first popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sad stories, complex math, good read

    • By David on 01-16-19

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Brilliant Blunders

    • From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 254
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 226
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    We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in this marvelous story of scientific error and breakthrough. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field - but each also stumbled badly. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on Earth, the evolution of the Earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy to remember all the stories in the book

    • By Gary on 06-15-13
    • From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 05-14-13
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 254 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Do We Need Renaissance People Any More?

    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Even in an age of ultra-specialization, says an astrophysicist in a new book, we absolutely do.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • The Accelerating Universe

    • Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos
    • By: Mario Livio
    • Narrated by: Tom Parks
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    "The Accelerating Universe is not only an informative book about modern cosmology. It is rich storytelling and, above all, a celebration of the human mind in its quest for beauty in all things." (Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams)

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • well written but not well argued

    • By Seth K on 07-28-18

    Regular price: $29.99