If life was about sheer survival, pure mathematics wouldn't get you far. You can't kill a tiger with group theory, or gather food with a prime number sieve. Something similar goes for the arts, or for the desire to understand the laws of the Universe. These fields have no immediate benefit, yet we humans have an unquenchable desire to explore them. Why? That's the subject of Mario Livio's latest book, Why? What makes us curious. "I happen to be a very curious person," he says.
*Department of Physics, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, and Astronomy Program, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA †Department of Physics, The Technion, Haifa, Israel ‡Racah Institute for Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and Princeton University Observatory, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA §Departments of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 5640 Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA, and NASA/Fermilab Astrophysics Center,...
What is it that compels us not only to gaze at the stars but also to build the technology to reach out to them, study them, understand them? It is, of course, that mysterious, powerful force of curiosity that is with us from infancy, blossoms in childhood, and persists throughout our lives. Plenty of animals show a keen interest in the world - but in Why?, astrophysicist Mario Livio argues that humans are the only species to ask not just what, where, and who, but also why.
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