Brilliant Blunders of Science Featured in Upcoming Webcast

In a live webcast June 1, astrophysicist Mario Livio will explore how some of history’s greatest minds – including Charles Darwin, Linus Pauling, and Albert Einstein – committed big blunders on the path to profound breakthroughs. 

May 25, 2016 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) – To err is human, even for the most brilliant humans. Blunders are not only bound to happen, argues astrophysicist Mario Livio, but are integral components of the scientific process.

In his webcast, part of from Perimeter Institute Public Lecture Series, Livio will explore how some of the biggest “eureka” moments in science are preceded by an “oops.” The public lecture, titled “Brilliant Blunders” (like Livio’s best-selling 2013 book), will be webcast live on the Perimeter Institute website and via partner organizations on Wednesday June 1 at 7 PM EDT.

“The way that we march to the truth is not on a straight line, but rather a zig-zag path,” says Livio. “This is part of the way science works.”

An internationally renowned astrophysicist and bestselling author, Livio has published more than 400 scientific papers on topics ranging from dark energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets. He is also the author of five popular science books, including The Golden Ratio and Is God a Mathematician? His most recent book, Brilliant Blunders, was on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and was selected by The Washington Post as one of the Best Books of the Year in 2013.

Following his talk, Livio will answer questions from the online and in-house audience – including questions submitted prior to and during the talk via Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #piLIVE). Questions are welcomed from everyone – aspiring scientific explorers, school classes, physics and chemistry buffs, and general science enthusiasts.

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