Book cover of Why?: What Makes Us Curious by Mario Livioby Mario Livio

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics—curiosity—in this “lively, expert, and definitely not dumbed-down account” (Kirkus Reviews) as he explores our innate desire to know why.

Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation—where they can know only one side of the dialogue—than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation?

“Have you ever wondered why we wonder why? Mario Livio has, and he takes you on a fascinating quest to understand the origin and mechanisms of our curiosity. I thoroughly recommend it.” (Adam Riess, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, 2011).

Interview with the Author

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Curiosity w/ Mario Livio
8/14/17           71 min

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#042 – Dr Mario Livio – What Makes Us Curious?
12/10/18              51 min

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Mario Livio discusses “Why”
8/20/19           44 min

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