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Livio, Mario 1945-

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Works: 137 works in 580 publications in 5 languages and 17,418 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary television programs  Science television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Mario Livio
The golden ratio : the story of phi, the world's most astonishing number by Mario Livio( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 2,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, the author 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 two thousand years ago because of its crucial role in the construction of the pentagram, to which magical properties had been attributed. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places, from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and rose petals to the shape of the galaxy. Psychological studies have investigated whether the Golden Ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing proportion extant, and it has been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon employed it. It is believed to feature in works of art from Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper, and poets and composers have used it in their works. It has even been found to be connected to the behavior of the stock market! This book is a captivating journey through art and architecture, botany and biology, physics and mathematics. It tells the human story of numerous phi-fixated individuals, including the followers of Pythagoras who believed that this proportion revealed the hand of God; astronomer Johannes Kepler, who saw phi as the greatest treasure of geometry; such Renaissance thinkers as mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa; and such masters of the modern world as Goethe, Cezanne, Bartok, and physicist Roger Penrose. Wherever his quest for the meaning of phi takes him, the author reveals the world as a place where order, beauty, and eternal mystery will always coexist
The equation that couldn't be solved : how mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetry by Mario Livio( Book )

31 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the four-thousand-year-old mathematical effort to discover and define the laws of symmetry, citing the achievements of doomed geniuses Niels Henrick Abel and Evariste Galois to solve the quintic equation and give birth to group theory
The accelerating universe : infinite expansion, the cosmological constant, and the beauty of the cosmos by Mario Livio( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In one of the most surprising and important findings in cosmology in the century, astronomers recently discovered that the universe may be expanding at an ever-increasing rate." "As astrophysicist Mario Livio explains in this book, most cosmologists have long believed that the universe will expand at a gradually decreasing rate until the expansion effectively stops. The discovery that the expansion appears in fact to be speeding up - and therefore that the universe will keep expanding faster and faster for infinity - throws the view of a perfectly balanced "beautiful universe" into question." "Mario Livio introduces readers to the "old cosmology," which culminated in the view of the perfectly balanced universe, and then presents all of the ideas being explored by cosmologists in the "new cosmology" as they come to terms with the discovery of acceleration. Offering clear explanations of all the key concepts and theoretical ideas, Livio is a guide through this exciting frontier in science today."--Jacket
Why? : what makes us curious by Mario Livio( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a fascinating examination of perhaps our most human characteristic, our innate curiosity, our deep desire to know why. Why are we more distracted by a cell-phone conversation, where we can hear only one side of the dialogue, than by an overheard argument between two people? Are children more curious than adults? What is the source of the morbid curiosity that causes bystanders to gather at crime scenes or traffic accidents? What evolutionary purpose does curiosity serve? How does our mind choose what to be curious about? Why? explores these and many other intriguing questions. Curiosity is essential to creativity. It is a necessary ingredient in so many art forms, from mystery novels and film dramas to painting, sculpture, and music. It is the principal driver of science, and yet there is no scientific consensus on why we humans are so curious or about the precise mechanisms in our brain that are responsible for curiosity. Mario Livio investigates curiosity through the lives of such paragons of inquisitiveness as Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He interviewed a range of exceptionally curious people from an astronaut with degrees in statistics, medicine, and literature to a rock guitarist with a PhD in astrophysics. Because of Livio's own insatiable curiosity, Why? is an irresistible and entertaining book that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity."--Jacket
The great math mystery by Mario Livio( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astrophysicist Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ultimate riddle: Is math an invention or a discovery? Humankind's clever trick, or the language of the universe? Join Nova for a mathematical mystery tour, a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries
Twelfth Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics by Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The analysis of emission lines : a meeting in honour of the 70th birthdays of D.E. Osterbrock & M.J. Seaton : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 16-18, 1994 by Space Telescope Science Institute (U.S.)( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What can emission lines tell us about an astrophysical object? A workshop at the Space Telescope Science Institute was dedicated to address just this question – for a host of objects (including planetary nebulae and active galactic nuclei) across a broad range of wavelengths (from the infrared through to gamma-rays). Thirteen review articles from internationally renowned experts are presented in this volume. They provide an edited and coherent overview of the latest technical data, techniques in and applications of the study of emission lines from a variety of objects. Chapters include the theory of radiative transfer, photoionising shocks, and emission lines from stellar winds, as well as useful summaries of abundance determinations, atomic data, and diagnostics for IR, UV, gamma-ray and molecular lines. Together these review articles provide an overview of the analysis of emission lines. They summarise current knowledge, highlight outstanding problems and provide focus for fruitful future research. In this way they provide an excellent introduction for graduate students and reference for professionals
The Hubble Deep Field : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 6-9, 1997 by Space Telescope Science Institute (U.S.)( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Unsolved problems in stellar evolution : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 4-7, 1998 by Mario Livio( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Supernovae and gamma-ray bursts : the greatest explosions since the Big Bang by Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium( Book )

13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proceedings of the space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 3-6, 1999. Includes bibliographical references and index
The extragalactic distance scale : proceedings of the ST ScI May Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 7-10, 1996 by Space Telescope Science Institute (U.S.)( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cataclysmic variables and related objects : proceedings of the 72nd Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Haifa, Israel, August 9-13, 1982 by International Astronomical Union( Book )

12 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A decade of Hubble Space Telescope science : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, April 11-14, 2000 by Space Telescope Science Institute (U.S.)( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hubble Space Telescope has made some of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of astronomy. This volume represents some of the most important scientific achievements in its first decade of operation. Written by world experts, this is an indispensable collection of review articles for researchers and graduate students
Astrophysics of life : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 6-9, 2002 by Space Telescope Science Institute (U.S.)( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book covers a range of topics relevant to the search for life in the Universe, including cosmology and its implications for the emergence of life, the habitable zone in the Milky Way Galaxy, the formation of stars and planets, the study of interstellar and interplanetary matter, searches for extrasolar, planets, the synthesis of organic material in space, and spectroscopic signature that could be used to detect life. This is an invaluable resource for both professional researchers and graduate students."--Jacket
Interacting binaries by Steven N Shore( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Observational and theoretical issues of interacting binaries was the topic of the 22nd of the renowned Advanced Course of the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy. The three contributions by outstanding experts collected in this book deal with observations, symbiotic stars, cataclysmic variables, massive binaries and X-ray binaries thus filling a gap in the existing literature. The articles review the state of the art and address both students and researchers. The accessible and didactic approach makes the book a valuable source for future work on interacting binary stars whose study is essential for a better understandingof stellar evolution
Planets to cosmology : essential science in the final years of the Hubble Space Telescope : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 3-6, 2004 by Space Telescope Science Institute (U.S.)( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the Hubble Space Telepscope's next servicing mission still uncertain, identifying the most crucial science to be performed by this superb telescope has become of paramount importance. With this goal in mind, this book presents a review of some of the most important open questions in astronomy today. World experts examine topics ranging from extrasolar planets and star formation to supermassive black holes and the reionization of the universe. Special emphasis is placed on what astronomical observations should be carried out during the next few years to enable breakthroughs in our understanding of a complex and dynamic universe. In particular, the reviewers attempt to identify those topics to which the Hubble Space Telescope can uniquely contribute. The special emphasis on future research makes this book an essential resource for both professional researchers and graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics
A decade of extrasolar planets around normal stars : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 2-5, 2005 by Space Telescope Science Institute (U.S.)( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Humans have long thought that planetary systems similar to our own should exist around stars other than the Sun, yet the search for planets outside our Solar System has had a dismal history of discoveries that could not be confirmed. However, this all changed in 1995, with the past decade witnessing astonishing progress in this field; we now know of more than 200 extrasolar planets. These findings mark crucial milestones in the search for extraterrestrial life - arguably one of the most intriguing endeavors of modern science." "These proceedings from the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium on extrasolar planets explore one of the hottest topics in astronomy today. Discussions include the Kepler mission, observational constraints on dust disk lifetimes and the implications for planet formation. and gravitational instabilities in protoplanetary disks. With review papers written by world experts in their fields, this is an important resource on extrasolar planets."--book jacket
Kami wa sūgakusha ka : sūgaku no fukashigi na rekishi by Mario Livio( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The golden ratio : the story of phi, the world's most astonishing number
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Livio, M.

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Livio, M. (Mario)

Livio, M. (Mario), 1945-

Livio, Mario

Livyo, Maryo.

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Mario Livio

Mario Livio astrofisico e divulgatore scientifico israeliano

Mario Livio Astronomer and popular science author

Mario Livio astronoom uit Israël

Mario Livio israelischer Astrophysiker und Autor

Ливио, Марио астрофизик, популяризатор науки

ליביו, מריו 1945-

מריו ליביו

מריו ליביו סופר ישראלי

ماريو ليفيو

ماریۆ لیڤیۆ

리비오, 마리오 1945-

リヴィオ, マリオ

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The equation that couldn't be solved : how mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetryThe accelerating universe : infinite expansion, the cosmological constant, and the beauty of the cosmosThe analysis of emission lines : a meeting in honour of the 70th birthdays of D.E. Osterbrock & M.J. Seaton : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 16-18, 1994The Hubble Deep Field : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 6-9, 1997Unsolved problems in stellar evolution : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 4-7, 1998Supernovae and gamma-ray bursts : the greatest explosions since the Big BangThe extragalactic distance scale : proceedings of the ST ScI May Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 7-10, 1996Cataclysmic variables and related objects : proceedings of the 72nd Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Haifa, Israel, August 9-13, 1982